Those Defined by
Brandon Teena (also known as Teena
Brandon) was a 21 year old transgendered man who was raped and
murdered on January 31, 1993 outside of Humboldt, Nebraska. Although
genetically born female, Teena dressed and lived as a man, dated
women and tried to fit in to the small town Nebraska life. When
John Lotter and Marvin "Tom" Nissen, discovered their
new friend was biologically female, they beat and raped him.
When the assault was reported to local police, Lotter and Nissen
retaliated by going to the farmhouse where Teena was staying
with Lisa Lambert and Philip Devine and shot them all, execution
style, leaving only Lambert's infant son alive.
In 1999, Brandon Teena's story was made
into a film, "Boys Don't Cry" starring Hilary Swank
(who was born in Lincoln). Teena's story raised awareness of
hate crimes against gay, bi-sexual, and trans-gender people.
Lotter and Thomas
Nissen leave their arraignment hearing in January 1994.
Photos courtesy Lincoln Journal
Brandon holds photos of Teena Brandon as a toddler.
Photo courtesy Lincoln Journal
Lincoln Journal Star,
January 4, 1994, p. 6. "Woman
remained Brandon's friend; Brandon fit profile of a transsexual."
Humboldt Standard, January 6, 1994,
p. 1. "Three
murdered near Humboldt create national attention."