It only took a Colorado jury two hours yesterday to convict Allen Andrade of murder, and to determine that his actions were a hate crime. Andrade beat Angie Zapata, an 18-year-old transgender woman, to death with his fists and a fire extinguisher. Andrade was sentenced to life without parole. This marks one of the first times hate crimes have been applied to a murder case involving a transgender citizen.
For the best coverage of the case, see Pam's House Blend and particularly the work of Autumn Sandeen, a transgender woman and Blender who traveled to Colorado to cover the trial in person.
Here's all of the Blend's Angie Zapata coverage.
Some have criticized the LGB blogosphere and LGB media for ignoring the case. Another blogger on how most LGB bloggers missed an opportunity.
Here at In This Moment, I can only raise my hand and plead guilty. I didn't give Angie Zapata the coverage she needed and deserved. Click on the links to the material by and about Sandeen. She did a marvelous job of raising the visibility of the case, and educating the mainstream media about transgender issues.