End Hate: Light a Candle for Angie Zapata
http://www.angiezapata.com/ – “Angie Zapata was brutally murdered in Greeley, Colorado in July 2008. Angie was a transgender woman and she was murdered because of anti-transgender bias.”
The website above has sections of information about Angie Zapata, what it means to be transgender, Colorado’s hate crimes law, and the Matthew Shepard Act. The murder trial began yesterday, and the site notes that “The trial marks the first time that Colorado’s gender identity-inclusive hate crimes statute — and in fact any state’s hate crimes law — has been applied in the investigation and prosecution of an anti-transgender murder case.”
There’s also a Facebook page.
So many other people have done a good job of covering this already, and it was from Renee of Womanist Musings where I first heard about the case. The glaadBLOG has lots of coverage, as does Pam’s House Blend, and there are lots of links at planetransgender. All of these folks are more informed and on top of the issue than I am, so check out their places, and consider this only a starting point. As Renee so clearly points out, there is a lot more talking about and attention to be paid to transgender issues. I’m more in a learning stage myself, so I’d like for you to go read some of these other folks.