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Angie Zapata's family released their statement on Allen Andrare's conviction:

Zapata Family Statement

read by Angie's brother Gonzalo Zapata

“Angie was my sister.

“She was a member of our family. We loved her very much, and we will miss her every day. Every day and every night our mom has to deal with great pain of ... one of her babies being buried. Every day our siblings and I reach for the phone and realize we’ll never hear her voice. There’s no answer anymore.

“A part of our family is missing, stolen from us. Angie was 18, her life was just beginning. She was brave, she had guts, she had courage, and she was beautiful, fun and loving. She was our little sister.

“Through the last week, we’ve watched as our sister Angie was lied about in court, angrily as the defense presented an image of my sister that wasn’t true. Their strategy of tearing down my sister to make a monster look better will not work.

“It is clear: Angie was our sister, an aunt and a daughter. Life was sometimes difficult for her, and we learned along with her to understand she was born a girl with a body that was wrong for her.

“Above all else, she was honest. It took such courage to be who she was. She was strong, there was no reason to believe my sister was anything but strong and honest with everyone.

“This week, we are deeply saddened as we witnessed graphic details about the last few minutes of my sister’s life. A big brother is supposed to protect his little sister. It breaks my heart to think there was nothing I could do.

“My sisters, Monica and Ashley, when they saw what this monster had done, they wanted to hold her, to comfort her and make her feel better. It was hard to realize nothing could have been done.

“He stole something so precious from us.

“Only a monster can look at a beautiful 18-year-old and beat her to death. This monster not only hit my sister, but continued to beat her head in over and over and over until her head was crushed in. He left her there to die.

“He’ll (never) understand how angry we are at him and how much he has hurt us. This past week and half, we’ve seen attorneys working their hardest to seek justice for my sister. ...

“We are grateful Colorado has tough laws that make it clear that attacking people because of anti-gender bias will be taken seriously. It will be prosecuted aggressively ... in Weld County.

“In memory of Angie, we call on Colorado’s leaders to pass a federal hate crime law to protect everyone.

“Justice was achieved. A message was sent loud and clear that crimes targeting LGBT will not be tolerated in Colorado ...

“Remember her as we do, as a beautiful, wonderful, precious teenager. She would want us to remember the happy times in her life. And make the world a better place.

“We will always love you Angie and we will always miss you, mija.

“Thank you!”

From Pam's House Blend:
Discussion on the verdict
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's statements on the murder verdict
Discussion on the trial coverage and how little it was covered by the LGB media and blogosphere
Discussion on trans being able to "pass" and whether that's a deception

[livejournal.com profile] kiwi_grrl says stuff I agree with.

Feministe's discussion on the verdict. Shakers also talked about it.

Brief rant about why the defense using the incorrect pronoun was a piss-off from the Deviated Norm.

Good night, Angie. May flights of angels take you to your rest.

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Date: 2009-04-24 06:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eiko82.livejournal.com
That video of Angie's family almost made me cry ;__;

Thanks for posting those links. I read a few of them. Very interesting and informative reads.

Tbh I don't know much about transgendered people. I don't know any in real life. Unfortunately, most reporting on transgendered people are always showing the 'freak' side of it IMO. Part of me thinks that if the media would show transgendered people as normal, it would help a lot with the hatred against them. It wouldn't change everybody's opinion but it could help.

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Date: 2009-04-24 07:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eiko82.livejournal.com
BTw What does 'cisgender' mean? I tried looking it up online but I'm still unclear on what it means.

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Date: 2009-04-24 08:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dimension-view.livejournal.com
Being cisgendered means your gender identity matches what is appropriately dictated of your biological sex - e.g. I'm a biological female and I am instantly recognized as such because I "behave" and "look" like a woman.

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