Wednesday, April 22, 2009

bigot update

They're still losing.

For the first time in American history, someone has been convicted under a state hate crime statute for the murder of a transgendered person.

Allen Andrade, 32, was convicted today in a Denver court of first-degree murder and a bias-motivated crime for killing Angie Zapata, 18, in 2008. Andrate met Zapata, a transgendered woman who was biologically male, online and spent three days with her in Zapata's Greeley apartment prior to bludgeoning her to death with a fire extinguisher. For a sense of just how heinous Andrate's actions were, lookit CNN's summary of the police affidavit from the trial:

According to [the] affidavit Zapata was out of the apartment when Andrade noticed photographs that made him "question victim Zapata's sex."

Andrade confronted Zapata, who declared, "I am all woman." Andrade then grabbed Zapata and discovered male genitalia.

According to court records, Andrade told police he began hitting Zapata with his fists, knocking her to the ground. He then grabbed a fire extinguisher and twice hit her in the head.

Andrade told police he thought he had "killed it," referring to Zapata, and covered her with a blanket. Realizing what he had done, he then cleaned up the crime scene, the affidavit said.

Andrade told police he heard "gurgling" sounds coming from the victim and saw Zapata sitting up. He hit her again with the fire extinguisher, he said, according to the affidavit.

To repeat: When asked, Andrade said he thought he had "killed it"--"it" referring to Angie Zapata, an 18-year-old woman. Here she is:

In 2007, both houses of Congress passed a federal hate crime bill called the Matthew Shepard Act, but it died after famous homophobe and former President george w. bush threatened to veto it. Representatives have re-introduced the bill after President Obama indicated his support for the law.

I can't decide what's worse: Killing one woman in a homophobic rage or refusing to protect thousands of other Americans from the threat of people like Andrade.


Caro said...

There is hope, Jenna--I have to remind myself that frequently, but occasionally I am happy at places like Iowa and simultaneously sad and glad that justice has been served with stories like this... We gotta keep fighting! I think our rallying cry should be "Bigots Begone!"

Anonymous said...

I think there should be a crime against people who deliberately withhold sexual information for personal gratification. I DON'T condone murder, but in a situation such as this, not knowing the gender of someone you have shown a physical affection towards is out right WRONG. I don't consider this a hate crime. I believe if the dude waled on the boy just from finding out then yes. But getting sexual pleasure from someone's ignorance where you WOULD HAVE not gotten it from being forthright makes the boy/man more than 1/2 responsible. Would YOU be as gun ho if the victim was HIV positive and withheld that information and had relations with the perp. unprotected? That is considered murder in some states. Deceit and betrayal for personal gain SHOULD be a crime. I wonder what Martha Stewart would say? Hmmmmmmm

Katie B. said...

Anonymous, were you paying attention? The prosecution demonstrated that Andrade knew Angie was transgendered for at least 36 hours before he murdered HER. Furthermore, her family testified that SHE always outed herself to people who SHE was interested in. There is nothing deceitful about it because SHE had nothing to hide and did not hide anything. Blame-the-victim is an evil, vile, despicable game and I'm glad Andrade got life-without-parole for it.

ZedWord said...

Regardless of whether or not someone discovers another person's sex is different from their gender, and this was withheld, BRUTALLY ATTACKING AND MURDERING someone is never ever a civil response to a situation. This is not self defense, this is murder.



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