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