Thursday, April 23, 2009

Remember Angie

In case you had not heard, the murderer of Angie Zapata, Allen Andrade, has been sentenced to life in prison.

This is a bittersweet victory, since it cannot bring back Angie, and her family is still devastated that she was taken from them when she was only 18.

Angie Zapata was a beautiful young transwoman, who was murdered. The defense in the trial was filled with trans hate, attempting to spur transpanic in the jury, referring to Angie as "it" and "he," admitting to Andrade's guilt by basically saying, "Sure, he murdered someone, but that's because that person lied about really being a man!" But she wasn't a man. She was a woman.

Please take the time to remember Angie, and remember also that although Adrade was brought to justice, there are still hundreds more who are not. Violence against transmen and transwomen is committed frequently, and does not receive much media attention.

For more on Angie and the verdict, read these:
Transgriot: Reaction to Andrade Trial
Shakesville: Andrade: Guilty
Transgriot: Guilty!
Transgriot: Andrade Trial--Opening Impressions


Anonymous said...

I hated that they were calling her "it" or "he". She was far more feminine and pretty than me, and nobody questions me identifying as "she". :(

FilthyGrandeur said...

exactly. if she says she's a woman, she's a woman. it doesn't matter what genitalia she was born with.