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[Blog/Commentary] [USA] New York: The City Where Transphobia Never Sleeps

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  • Stephanie Stevens
    Skip the Makeup, USA Wednesday, March 31, 2010 New York: The City Where Transphobia Never Sleeps Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar was a 29-year old trans woman who was
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      Skip the Makeup, USA


      Wednesday, March 31, 2010

      New York: The City Where Transphobia Never Sleeps


      Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar was a 29-year old trans woman who was found
      murdered by stabbing in her apartment in Queens, NY yesterday. Her
      apartment had been ransacked and much of her possessions destroyed.
      Every two days, a trans woman is murdered somewhere in the world.

      How did New York Media report on this horrific murder? It universally
      referred to her in their stories by her assigned male birth name. Many
      of the stories used male pronouns even though they knew she was trans.
      The police initially identified her as a murdered woman only to amend
      that statement with the information she was "a man."

      WABC-TV news literally had filmed a news report on her using female
      nouns only to air a version where the reporter told about the updated
      police report and referred to Ms. Gonzalez-Andujar as "a man." So the
      beginning of the story explained how "he is a man" while the bulk of
      the story referred to her with female pronouns. Yes, news people are
      THIS stupid and unaware when it comes to trans people. And again, this
      wasn't in Idaho, this wasn't in Mississippi, this was in New York
      City. Remember, the place which claims to be the media capital of the
      United States.

      And how about the newspaper which has "all the news that's fit to
      print" the New York Times. Well, their story also listed her in the
      headline as,
      Man, 29, Found Stabbed to Death at Home in Queens
      nor did they have literally any mention of who she was or her identity
      as a woman. In other words, this is not reporting, it's reproducing
      police blotters in as literal a way as possible.

      [Photo: <http://bit.ly/aM6s6T> Amanda's family wailing with grief as
      her body was placed into the police van]

      Needless to say, Ms. Gonzales-Andujar's family is grieving the loss of
      a child and a daughter, not a tranny. Her death is not a reason for
      entertainment, nor humor, nor camp, nor posters with trans women
      licking blood off a knife. It does not warrant "transploitation." Just
      know that while some of you are waiting to be first in line to be
      entertained by "Ticked Off Trannies With Knives" at the Tribeca Film
      Festival, somewhere else in New York a family and a dead woman's
      friends have had their hearts torn out.

      And New York, NY media, you are so "bottom of the heap" and "little town."


      Posted by Gina at 8:49 AM


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