From the New York Metro---
GLAAD slams New York Times for Lorena Escalera article
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation eviscerated a New York Times article today about a transgender woman who died in a fire.
Lorena Escalera, 25, died Saturday in an early-morning fire in Bushwick. She was reportedly a dancer with the stage name "Lorena Xtravaganza" and performed in city clubs.
The group slams the newspaper for including details like Escalera being "curvaceous" and "known to invite men for visits to her apartment," which were both mentioned in the first sentence of the article.
The article also mentions that she was "called Lorena," later mentioning that the police reported her name as Lorena Escalera.
The group asks if she were not transgender, whether such details – including "wigs, women's shoes … makeup, hair spray, handbags" found in debris outside the apartment – would be included:
Would the New York Times ever describe a woman who is not transgender, who had died in a fire, as "curvaceous" - in the first sentence, no less? Would it carefully note that her apartment contained makeup and "women's shoes?" Would it say that she was "called" whatever her name was - especially if police later identified her by that name?
The group said many people complained to them about the article.
Why was it relevant for the Times to report all those things? If she had just been a normal woman who died those details NEVER would have been added, it is degrading, and demeaning to her upon her death. Thoughts?
on May. 15, 2012 at 12:14 AM