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Update: According to The DenverChannel, alleged murderer Allen Andrade has been Charged With a Hate Crime In Angie Zapata’s killing:

The Weld County District Attorney’s Office formally filed a first-degree murder charge Thursday against a man accused of killing a transgendered woman after he allegedly found out the victim had male sex organs.

Allen Ray Andrade is also charged with a bias motivated crime, first-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft and identity theft.


From horrible reality:

Angie ZapataDenver Post: Transgender victim referred to as “it”:

Allen Ray Andrade never referred to his alleged victim as a she or he. Just “it.”

That alone speaks to the brutality of the crime committed against 21-year-old Angie Zapata, said a group that has been speaking for Zapata’s family.

“You get the sense that maybe he wasn’t seeing Angie as a person,” said Crystal Middlestadt, director of Training and Education for the Colorado Anti-Violence Program. “Then you get an idea of the violence behind this act.”


From GLAAD’s Media Reference Guide:


Defamatory: “she-male,” “he-she,” “it,” “trannie,” “tranny,” “gender-bender”

These words only serve to dehumanize transgender people and should not be used.

To horrible press coverage:

UK’s Metro: Duped lover kills transsexual with fire extinguisher:

A furious dupe has been accused of murder with a fire extinguisher after discovering a woman who gave him oral sex was born a man.

Allen Ray Andrade allegedly battered Justin Zapata to death in a fury after discovering the truth.

He had believed the partner he picked up online was a woman known as Angie Zapata.


From GLAAD’s Media Reference Guide:


Defamatory: “deceptive,” “fooling,” “pretending,” “posing,” or “masquerading”

Gender identity is an integral part of a person’s identity. Please do not characterize transgender people as “deceptive,” as “fooling” other people, or as “pretending” to be, “posing” or “masquerading” as a man or a woman. Such descriptions are extremely insulting.

With regards to media coverage of Angie Zapata’s killing, there’s just not much to add to the GLAAD Media Guide’s indirect commentary on the alleged killer’s dehumanization of Angie Zapata, and the Metro‘s insulting coverage.



* Arrest In Killing Of Angie Zapata

* Murder in Colorado


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