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Image Of Black Man Killing A White Woman Is How Mission America's Founder Describes Ed Dept Hire

(Autumn Sandeen / www.pamshouseblend.com) A conservative activist says the appointment of the founder of the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network to head the U.S. Education Department's Office of Safe Schools is the equivalent of putting O.J. Simpson in charge of women's safety. This is how a piece at the American Family Association's OneNewsNow is began by author Jim Brown. The piece is entitled GLSEN founder overseeing safety of...

Matt Barber Is Now Intellectually Honest On This "Thought Crime" Point - What About His Peers?

(Autumn Sandeen / www.pamshouseblend.com) One of the reasons I've had a hard time believing conservative "Christians" regarding their stand on a federal hate crime legislation. Many have been making the "thought crime" argument against the bill commonly known the Matthew Shepard Act because it includes protections based on the thoughts of the criminals.   The rebuttal argument against this "thought crime" meme is provided below the f...

Breaking: 2nd Degree Murder Verdicts Upheld In Murder Of Gwen Araujo

(Autumn Sandeen / www.pamshouseblend.com) From the San Francisco Chronicle's Verdicts upheld in murder of transgender teen: A state appeals court upheld the murder convictions of two East Bay men today for their roles in battering and strangling a transgender teenager after learning she was biologically male. The killing of 17-year-old Gwen Araujo of Newark in 2002 drew national attention to incidents of violence against transgender peopl...

Is that *really* the only reason?

(VivirLatino / vivirlatino.com) I’m coming to this post a little late (it was posted April 23rd) but I think it’s important to recognize and talk about. Entitled “Why the Jury Had No Trouble Convicting Angie Zapata’s Murderer,” the post asserts that many are worried that Allen Andrade, the man convicted of murderering trans Latina, Angie Zapata, might have his conviction over turned on appeal. The author then goes thro...

Judge adds 60 years to Andrade’s life sentence for transgender slaying

(Ernest Luning / coloradoindependent.com) A judge sentenced the man convicted of killing transgender Greeley teen Angie Zapata to an additional 60 years in prison on top of a life sentence without parole already handed down last month. Finding Allen Andrade, 32, guilty of habitual criminal charges based on his six prior felony convictions, Weld County District Court Judge Marcelo Kopcow on Friday afternoon quadrupled the maximum sentences...

Frontier IN L.A.: "Transgender Blogger Covers Trial of Transgender Teen's Murderer"

(Autumn Sandeen / www.pamshouseblend.com) For those who are interested, I've had the first piece I've ever written for a hard copy publication published this week. It's my first hard copy byline. The electronic copy of Frontiers IN L.A. Magazine has been published this week as well, and you can read the piece that their headline writer entitled Transgender Blogger Covers Trial of Transgender Teen's Murderer. As it's written for Frontier I...

The Denver Chapter of INCITE! and Denver On Fire Respond to Verdict in Angie Zapata Case

(... / www.gaysagainstobama.org) April 30, 2009 This month has seen two first-time events in the history of hate crime law. In Greeley, Colorado on April 22, Allen Andrade was convicted of first degree murder and bias-motivated crime in the killing of Angie Zapata, a transgender woman of color. The verdict marked the first time the murder of a trans person has been legally designated as a “hate crime.” Earlier this month, HR ...

More "Thought Crime" Meme, But This Time From A Pulitzer Prize Winning Editorialist

(Autumn Sandeen / www.pamshouseblend.com) It amazes me that Pulitzer Prize winning editorialist Paul Greenberg follows the talking points of conservative "Christians" like Focus On The Family, the American Family Association via their "news" organization OneNewsNow, and the Concerned Women for America (CWA audio files of Rep. Trent Franks, R-Arizona and Concerned Women for America President Wendy Wright, for example) regarding hate crimes...

Angie Zapata murder trial – further sentences announced

(bird of paradox / birdofparadox.wordpress.com) On May 8, Justice Kopcow announced the sentences to be handed down to Allen Andrade on the remaining counts. Via the Denver Post ( link here ): A transgender woman’s family said goodbye to her killer Friday afternoon just before a district judge sentenced him to 60 years in prison on top of a life sentence. “I wish you nothing but the worst,” said Monica Murguia, whose letter to Allen Andrad...

Allen Andrade Sentenced To Life Plus 60 Years for Murder of Angie Zapata

(Kelli Anne Busey / planetransgender.blogspot.com) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 9, 2009CONTACT:Heather DraperThe GLBT Community Center of Colorado303.733.7743 x101GREELEY - Allen Andrade has been sentenced to life plus 60 years for all counts related to murder of Angie Zapata.Judge Marcelo Kopcow on Friday sentenced Andrade, 32, to the maximum 60 consecutive years for the additional charges in the Zapata murder case.On April 23, a Weld County jury fou...

Breaking: Angie Zapata's Killer Sentenced To 60 Additional Years

(Autumn Sandeen / www.pamshouseblend.com) From The GLBT Center of Colorado (Denver, Colorado): GREELEY - Allen Andrade has been sentenced to life plus 60 years for all counts related to murder of Angie Zapata. Judge Marcelo Kopcow on Friday sentenced Andrade, 32, to the maximum 60 consecutive years for the additional charges in the Zapata murder case. On April 23, a Weld County jury found Andrade guilty of first-degree murder and a hate c...

Was Allen Ray Andrade Expressing The Kind Of Christian Free Speech That FOTF Is Talking About?

(Autumn Sandeen / www.pamshouseblend.com) Pam, in her diary Daddy D crawls out of the crypt for lie-ridden hate crimes hysteria video, talks about Daddy D and his nutty views. Let me tell you about the Focus On The Family/CitizenLink Take Action alert on the same federal hate crime legislation, entitled Take Action: Senate Committee to Take Up Hate-Crimes Legislation.  There is a paragraph in it that angered me immensely: "There is n...

You're Very Welcome, And Thank You So Much

(Autumn Sandeen / www.pamshouseblend.com) I know I haven't said it before, but I've been thinking about it a lot -- many of you here at The Blend thanked me for my coverage of the Angie Zapata Hate Crime Murder Trial. For my part, I know mainstream media coverage of the trial was impacted by my presence there covering the trial. I think my own coverage was secondary to that, but I feel a need to humbly say to y'all who thanked me for the ...

Rep. Markey Speaks on Hate Crimes Bill

(Autumn Sandeen / www.pamshouseblend.com) Rep. Betsy Markey is the Colorado Democrat who unseated former Rep. Marilynn Musgrave, the Republican congresswoman who submitted to congress the Federal Marriage Amendment that would have banned same gender marriages. The YouTube video below documents what Markey said on the House Floor regarding the federal hate crimes legislation bill -- the hate crimes legislation that passed in the House of R...

Markey to House: Shepard, Zapata 'two victims of hate crime in my district', CO Independent

(... / blogs.myspace.com) Representative Markey addressed the U.S. House of Representatives, Read the entire Colorado Independent article here: http://coloradoindependent.com/27885/markey-to-house-shepard-zapata-two-victims-of...

When did Angie Zapata come out to Allen Andrade? It doesn't matter.

(Tranifesto / www.tranifesto.com) A central premise of the Allen Ray Andrade murder trial was whether or not Andrade knew that Angie Zapata was transgendered before they had contact. I wasn't at the trial, but my understanding is that that the defense's "trans panic" argument revolved around the fact that, when Andrade had physical contact with Zapata and discovered that she had been born male, he became enraged and killed her wit...

US House passes hate crimes bill as New Hampshire legislature approves marriage

(California Ripple Effect / ca-ripple-effect.blogspot.com) What an amazing day! Despite vile “testimony” from Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-North Carolina) calling the murder of Matthew Shepard a “hoax” , the US House did its duty to victims of hate crimes—and the communities they terrorize—by passing an LGBT-inclusive hate crimes bill just now . I couldn’t think of a perfect conclusion to the horrific saga of the Angie Zapata trial. The jury in tha...

Markey to House: Shepard, Zapata ‘two victims of hate crimes in my district’

(Ernest Luning / coloradoindependent.com) An impassioned U.S. Rep. Betsy Markey invoked the brutal murders of gay college student Matthew Shepard and transgender Greeley woman Angie Zapata in her remarks Wednesday afternoon supporting federal hate-crimes legislation on the floor of the House of Representatives.

Justice for Angie?

(season of the bitch / ohyouprettythings.net) While I was at school today, the verdict in the Angie Zapata trial came in–guilty on all four counts. From Questioning Transphobia : * Count 1: First degree murder - guilty * Count 2: Bias motivated crime - guilty * Count 3: Aggravated motor vehicle theft (1st degree) - guilty * Count 4: ID theft - guilty Sentencing for the first count: mandatory life without parole. Sentencing on the remaining ...

Hate Crime Verdict Sends Messagem by Kenneth Buck, Denver Post Editorial

(... / blogs.myspace.com) guest commentary, Denver PostHate-crime verdict sends messageBy Kenneth BuckPosted: 04/26/2009 12:30:00 AM MDTUpdated: 04/26/2009 10:40:02 AM MDTIn July 2008, Angie Zapata, a young transgender woman,...

One Step Forward, One Step Back

(by The American Illuminati / newsmediamagazine.com) On Friday, the Alabama House of Representatives voted to broaden the state's hate crimes law to include sexual orientation. It's good news for the GLBT community, which saw a bittersweet outcome that same week. Last Tuesday, Allen Andrade was found guilty of first-degree murder and bias-motivated crime and sentenced to mandatory life in prison for the killing of 18-year-old transgender Angie Zapat...

What Horizontal Violence Looks Like In Community

(Autumn Sandeen / www.pamshouseblend.com) Update: I just banned commenters Priya Lynn and Susan_F for hijacking this diary about horizontal violence within the trans (and LGBT) community to engage in horizontal violence against each other in the thread for the diary. Unbelievable -- I'm not even going to try and sort that one out. ~~A~~ Note: Pam and I have considered that this thread may generate many comments. And, that's because the s...

Post, Tribune endorse adding sexual orientation to federal hate-crime law

(Ernest Luning / coloradoindependent.com) In the wake of Colorado's first successful prosecution of a hate-crime law against the killer of a transgender murder victim, both The Denver Post and The Greeley Tribune say it's time to pass national legislation that would add sexual orientation and gender identity to federal anti-bias laws....

Angie Zapata vindicated

(Chez Emily - Mots d'une femme transsexuelle / chezemily.com) On 17th July, 2008, a vivacious young woman called Angie Zapata was viciously murdered by a man called Allen Andrade, who beat hear in the head multiple times with a fire extinguisher. That’s horrible enough, but the story doesn’t end there. It continues with a trial where a cold-blooded murderer and an equally cold-blooded defence team tried to justify Angie’s murder as a natural reaction o...

Polis praises verdict in Zapata murder: 'zero tolerance for hate crimes' - The CO Independent

(... / blogs.myspace.com) Polis praises verdict in Zapata murder: ‘zero tolerance for hate crimes’ By Ernest Luning 4/23/09 5:03 PM U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, who was elected to Congress in 200...

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