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August 3, 2008
A man accused in the beating death of a transgender teenager he met online snapped when he learned in person that the 18-year-old living as a woman had male sex organs, authorities in Colorado said Wednesday. Allen Ray Andrade, 32, is currently charged with second-degree murder in the death of Angie Zapata, who was born Justin Zapata but lived as a young woman. Andrade is being held without bond. It was unclear whether he has hired an attorney. . . .
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August 2, 2008
by Amanda Erickson
WASHINGTON — Maryanne Arnow has learned not to cringe at the stares and whispers that follow her whenever she leaves her house.
Arnow, 42 and a resident of Montgomery County in Maryland, was born male. But on her birthday five years ago, she said, she realized she didn't fit in her own skin, and she began transitioning that day. Now living as a woman, she wears make-up and dresses, paints her toenails and worries about how her long hair looks.
She also struggles to pay her bills, because she can't find a job. She said she was fired by the country club where she cooked when her bosses found out she was switching her gender, and now no one will hire her. "Everyone is worried what the other employees will think," she said. "It's just sad."
The lawmakers of Montgomery County, a wealthy and generally liberal enclave outside Washington, D.C., responded to such stories by enacting a measure earlier this year that forbids discrimination based on gender identity. Thirteen states and about 90 municipalities have similar protections, including Illinois, which passed its law in 2005. Chicago has had a similar policy in place since 2002. . . .Read More
August 1, 2008
by Nick Langewis
A 32-year-old man has confessed to the killing of 18-year-old transgender woman Angie Zapata, n'e Justin, after being arrested about 50 miles away from the murder scene.
Police in Thornton, Colorado arrested Allen Ray Andrade in his neighborhood after responding to a noise complaint early Wednesday morning and finding him in Zapata's stolen car. Andrade now faces charges of first-degree murder as a hate crime, identity theft and aggravated motor vehicle theft, and is being held without bond. It will be the first murder in Weld County to be prosecuted as a hate crime. . . .Read More