Andrea James

Remembering Monica Loera

Remembering Monica Loera

Murdered trans woman has been treated callously by the media


Reading the arrest affidavit or local news reports about the death, you’d have no idea that the victim was a transgender woman. The wild curls and wide grins from her Facebook page – and above all else, her chosen name – have been omitted to a staggering degree. Instead Loera has been described using her birth name and masculine pronouns.

The Trans Road Map describes this as a worst-case scenario: “Women in several states have been [identified by their former names] in highly publicized landmark court cases.” It mentions Gwen Araujo, the California teenager who was brutally murdered by four men in 2002, as a tragic example of that indignity.