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Arrest Made in Murder of Colorado Transgender Woman

An arrest has been made in the murder of Angie Zapata, a transgender woman who was beaten to death last week in her home in Greeley, Colorado: "Alan Ray Andrade, 31, was arrested in Thornton on Tuesday and faces second-degree murder and aggravated motor vehicle theft charges."

ZapataAndrade gave an affadavit to police, which was provide to Colorado's 9NEWS: "The affidavit says Andrade met Zapata on a social networking site, Mocospace, and the two arranged to meet July 15. Zapata picked Andrade up in Thornton where he lived and the pair returned to Zapata's Greeley apartment together. Andrade told police Zapata performed a sexual act on him. The following day, the affidavit explains, Andrade started to look at photos in the apartment and questioned Zapata's sex. That night, Andrade questioned Zapata directly, according to the affidavit, and Andrade says Zapata responded, 'I'm all woman.' Andrade told police he grabbed Zapata in her genital area and felt a penis. He became angry and hit Zapata with his fist before grabbing a fire extinguisher and hitting her in the head twice, according to the affidavit. Andrade explained to police that he thought he 'killed it,' referring to Zapata but when she made gurgling noises and started to sit up, he hit her with the extinguisher again. He also admitted to police that he stole Zapata's car and drove away."

Zapata was found by her sister on July 17. Last week her sister pleaded for help from the community: "We want to get the whole community involved to find this person who hurt my sister and to let everyone be aware that all she wanted was to be beautiful. We want this violence to end. Transgender people deserve to be treated with respect."

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  1. unfortunately this is an occupational hazard when you're doing drag -- unless you're upfront with a potential trick right away you run this risk -- some dudes are cool with it (and even prefer it) when they find out and some are not ergo drag roulette...

    Posted by: the queen | Jul 30, 2008 7:17:01 PM

  2. clearly you shouldn't go around murdering and beating people, that that should go without saying, but you also shouldn't lie to a sex partner about your gender. incidents like this validate the gay panic defense.

    Posted by: sam | Jul 30, 2008 8:05:10 PM

  3. This sounds eerily familiar, like an Oscar-winning movie based on real incidents.

    Sam: she didn't lie about her gender, she lied (or misled) about her anatomy, some would say about her sex.

    And it's rather a stretch to say it "validates" the gay panic defense. I'd say it's a case of trans panic, which is virtually indistinguishable from gay panic, since both are really about the fear that if you have sex with someone who has a penis you must be gay, and the only way to prove you're not is to kill the person you had sex with.

    Posted by: Kevinvt | Jul 30, 2008 8:21:20 PM

  4. She didn't lie about her gender, but why would she put herself in this type of situation? As the previous poster said, it does validate a gay panic defense. When you play with fire, you will get burnt.

    Posted by: Philip | Jul 30, 2008 8:32:07 PM

  5. She didn't lie about her gender, but why would she put herself in this type of situation? As the previous poster said, it does validate a gay panic defense. When you play with fire, you will get burnt.

    Posted by: Philip | Jul 30, 2008 8:32:37 PM

  6. gah. i mean it would validate it in the mind of someone who might otherwise have never considered it, or might have been inclined to believe differently. as a gay man, clearly i know it has no validity.

    as for her gender, i am open-minded and informed enough to understand, but to most straight men (dare i say it - most people), she is a boy in a dress. give the woman her pronouns, but she is transgender, and if she called herself a woman without mention of the fact that she clearly lacked vagina and had an abundance of cock and balls, then what she did was wrong and violent, too. clearly not even remotely as violent by any stretch of the imagination as what she got in return, but it doesn't excuse her.

    we can't always play by our own rules.

    Posted by: sam | Jul 30, 2008 8:46:59 PM

  7. She was BRUTALLY MURDERED not to mention dehumanized as "it," and all you can think to talk about is the mistakes she made? Classy, jerk.

    Posted by: Sophia | Jul 30, 2008 10:25:14 PM

  8. I agree with most of these Posts. As much as we are all empathetic and understanding to transgender issues, what happened here could've been prevented. Certainly, murder is NEVER justified. But misrepresentation of yourself to a sex partner can have serious consequences. This killer deserves the harshest punishment by law. This is a terribly tragic incident. May she rest in peace.

    Posted by: Dr. Christopher Blackwell | Jul 30, 2008 11:00:47 PM

  9. SOFIA, are you new to this blog? I'm surprised nobody's mentioned meth yet.

    Guys, you're basing your comments on the confession of the MURDERER! A killer that [according to his affidavit] spent the night at the poor girl's apartment. Who know what facts he ommitted?

    Posted by: Mark | Jul 30, 2008 11:27:29 PM

  10. It's scary how there are so many insane people out there. Grabbing a fire extinguisher and beating someone to death with it as a "reaction" to one's gender identity is unacceptable.

    I'm all for being out there with who you are, but don't ever put yourself in a life-threatening situation. Until we weed out these crazies, the world will never be a safe place.

    Posted by: Kenny | Jul 30, 2008 11:42:31 PM

  11. wow -
    The Queen
    Philip (with one L)
    Dr. Christopher Blackwell....

    Your comments are some of the most base and disgusting things I've read.

    There is no defense in murder... period...

    Posted by: Mark (another one) | Jul 31, 2008 12:34:21 AM

  12. Nobody's defending the murder. Far from it. But I stand by my comment that we cannot always live by our own rules - not because they aren't right, but because the world just isn't safe for some of us. Apparently the two met on a site called Mocospace where she clearly calls herself a "straight female."

    If indeed she did not disclose her sex to this man, then she made a very stupid mistake and suffered a most maximum and unjust penalty for it.

    My point is we should hope that Mr. Andrade doesn't get off easy just because of Angie's mistake.

    Posted by: sam | Jul 31, 2008 1:41:00 AM

  13. I never thought making an observation would automatically mean I'm justifying murder. There are certain things a person just can't do in this world today. Her death was a vile and disgusting act by a man she should have never contacted over the internet.

    It isn't safe for anyone to do that, much less a transgender female posing as a straight female. All I'm saying is, she probably didn't think about the decisions she made, or maybe, didn't care. It is a sad outcome due to gross negligence. Point blank, people are crazy out there. Cover your ass.

    Posted by: Philip | Jul 31, 2008 2:01:43 AM

  14. Hello out there....Let's get this right, firsty it was a guy with boobs. It wasn't she. Like the guy that had a baby, it wasn't a male is was a female with hair on her face. There are two genders male and female. No other. A guy that grows boobs has his dick cut off it's still a guy. Same things with female. I don't know what people are thinking. The Adams's apple isn't removed a thing that is only male. Facial hair on a woman's face is always fake no matter if they grew it or not. I think that the only people that say they are going to get gender things done are making the doctors very rich. No such thing as gender change. Start messing around with your body and pay for the hate out there in the real world, unless you want to do drag in dark smelly clubs for the rest of your life. GO FOR IT.

    Posted by: Dr. Pat | Jul 31, 2008 5:18:29 AM

  15. Sometimes the only response is: fuck you, (so-called) "Dr." Pat.

    Posted by: rudy | Jul 31, 2008 7:18:00 AM


    And don't even bother trying to give me shit about it.

    Posted by: Wes | Jul 31, 2008 9:30:06 AM

  17. What RUDY said...
    "Dr." Pat, if ignorance is bliss, you must be ecstatic.

    Posted by: Mark | Jul 31, 2008 9:38:23 AM

  18. Wow. It's really disgusting that some peoples' reponse to this is, "Well, sucks that she was murdered, but she shouldn't have lied about her gender."

    How about, "The guy she met shouldn't have taken the chance of having sex with a stranger, if having sex with a transgender person bothered him so much"? HIS FAULT. How about, "Maybe this guy should NOT be irrationally bothered to the point of MURDER by receiving a sex act from a transgender person"? HIS FAULT.

    Posted by: Sav | Jul 31, 2008 9:44:35 AM

  19. My heart goes out to Angie and her family.

    To those who say she should have outed herself: she may have done so and been beaten to death anyway.

    I've been in her situation: she was out and about, and met a man she liked. It happens to women all the time. She just wanted, like any normal girl might, to meet a guy and have fun with him, and not have to "process" with him what it means that he found another person attractive.

    Even if her non-disclosure was unethical, his reaction is not "understandable." There is nothing about the situation that might "naturally" have lead to him beating her to death with his bare hands.

    Posted by: Sabrina | Jul 31, 2008 9:45:17 AM

  20. Lots of victim blaming going on here, I see.

    A woman was sexually assaulted, then brutally murdered. Not only that, she was reduced to being non-human by her killer who called her an "it".

    It was not her fault. In any way. His reactions was infantile at best and he should be locked up for the rest of his life. That people's minds even go to how it could have possibly been the victim's fault reeks of transphobia, misogyny, and privilege.

    Posted by: Danny | Jul 31, 2008 10:13:37 AM

  21. "Hello out there....Let's get this right, firsty it was a guy with boobs. It wasn't she."

    Hello in there, Dr. Pat. She was a human being. She was murdered. There is no justification for it. Yet you, and others, prefer to blame the victim. Obviously, her decision to meet this guy was a mistake, but most of us don't get killed for our mistakes. As human beings, we need to try and stop the hate instead of saying, particularly in reference to trans people: It's a tragedy, the murderer deserves harsh punishment, BUT . . . The same thing happened in the Larry King case, and far too many others.

    Posted by: Ernie | Jul 31, 2008 10:50:59 AM

  22. I'm not sure quite how I got on that list above.

    I certainly wasn't defending the murderer by anatomizing the panic defense; au contraire, I was trying to show how trans panic and gay panic are about the same thing, contrary to what a lot of gay guys would have you believe.

    Posted by: kevinvt | Jul 31, 2008 10:51:29 AM

  23. How dare trans people be... attractive.. Can you imagine the NERVE!

    "DR. PAT" you know nothing about this woman. She may have fully completed electro or laser removal on her face, for one thing. It looks as though she lived, as she said, as 100% woman. The notion that the absence of a penis defines "woman" reflects the worst qualities of humanity. And I don't imagine you can look to any murder victim and say "see, flawless life, never fucked up in any way, deserves to be talked about with respect now that s/he's gone."

    And I guess Lawrence King's murder should talked about in the same way since he took the disastrous risk of asking another boy to be his valentine.

    Yes I'm new to this blog and the comments here feel like the flipside of gay men telling me, a transsexual woman, "I'm kind of a girl too!" Wink wink, don't get caught up in any "occupational hazards" like a being yourself in a world full of bigots. Mark makes a great point. Gwen Araujo's murderers almost certainly KNEW she was trans well before they all sat around stewing over the notion that they were all "gay."

    Posted by: Sophia | Jul 31, 2008 11:04:19 AM

  24. The murderer should have just walked away after the "reveal". I suspect they had already been making out and the murderer was really getting into it, so the reveal caused a huge panic and overreaction. Perhaps he already had doubts about his sexuality. Parents and teachers should try to steer their kids towards anger management and crisis management better these days. Too much coddling results in kids unable to handle situations like this. The flip side is this: just as you should be a cautious driver and take into account other drivers, so should you be a cautious dater and take into account your date. Your life may depend on it.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 31, 2008 12:21:55 PM

  25. @KEVINVT
    I don't think you were really justifiably put on that list. I pretty much agree with you that trans women and gay men should be natural allies (like: hard to tell apart as kids sometimes and potentially subject to "reparative therapy", targets of bashing, etc). I guess maybe a complicating factor is that sometimes the gay and lesbian community end up being *more* specifically *trans*-phobic than accepting straights, because trans people can freak their s**t out even though were nominally "queer". Our "queerness" doesn't work in precisely the same way and it can produce friction sometimes. Maybe you got caught up in some of that :-(

    QUOTE: "It isn't safe for anyone to do that, much less a transgender female posing as a straight female."

    See trans/cis and gay/het are sorta orthogonal issues. Angie *was* straight. Within the general penumbra of trans people there are also: gay trans guys and lesbian trans girls. From what I can tell, with trans people you practically roll a dice on preferences (gay,het,bi,a,poly,pan) - we're that diverse. It's not like most people care to parse queer identities respectfully (hence - yay for alliances!) but I think recognizing people's identities is part of fighting bigotry. Minorities of any stripe aren't just "homogeneous garbage", we're all each of us fully human. (And one night stands can be and should be safe for everyone who is up for them.)


    Alan Ray Andrade utterly disgusts me. I'm really glad they caught him. Angie deserves justice... and she also deserved a better date.

    Posted by: Jane | Jul 31, 2008 3:41:41 PM

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