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New York Times Posts Inappropriate Article About Transgender Woman's Death

Posted by on May. 15, 2012 at 12:14 AM
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From the New York Metro---

GLAAD slams New York Times for Lorena Escalera article



ALISON BOWEN
Published: May 14, 2012 6:00 p.m.
Last modified: May 14, 2012 8:43 p.m.
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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?


by on May. 15, 2012 at 12:14 AM
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kailu1835
by Ruby Member on May. 15, 2012 at 12:20 AM

 I would have to have seen the actual article, but I don't think it's very common for articles to actually list things found around the place.

ButterMeUp
by Silver Member on May. 15, 2012 at 12:20 AM
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At least they called "her", her. Hell if you sleep around, expect to get called out on it.

BTW never have a herd Beyonce  get upset for being called curvaceous. This is one huge eye role from me. 

HeathersForever
by on May. 15, 2012 at 12:24 AM

Here is the original article

Woman Dies in a Brooklyn Fire That Is Deemed Suspicious


She was 25 and curvaceous, and she often drew admiring glances in the gritty Brooklyn neighborhood where she was known to invite men for visits to her apartment, her neighbors and the authorities said.

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Called Lorena, she brought two men to her apartment, at 43 Furman Avenue in Bushwick, either late Friday night or in the early hours of Saturday, the police said. About 4 a.m., a fire broke out in the apartment. A passer-by ran into the four-story building and began banging on doors, according to Meta Green, a neighbor. In the ensuing chaos, everyone seemed to emerge from the building — except Lorena.

Firefighters arrived, as did officers from the 83rd Precinct. When the blaze was extinguished, at 4:37 a.m., Lorena was discovered, “unconscious and unresponsive,” the police said, and paramedics declared her dead at the scene.

A Fire Department spokesman, James Long, said that firefighters using thermal imaging equipment found the body on a bed.

The cause of the fire was being investigated by fire marshals, Mr. Long added.

The police said Saturday night that the victim’s name was Lorena Escalera. According to neighbors, she was born male.

Though the fire has been deemed suspicious, investigators have found no evidence of accelerant, said one law enforcement official. The police were still awaiting a determination on the cause from fire marshals. The victim’s roommates said that when work was done on the electrical system, they created holes around the electrical outlets and filled them with cardboard, the official said.

On the streets, many recalled a young and friendly woman; now, investigators were trying to reconstruct her life. One investigator said the police had learned that Ms. Escalera was well known as a member of a celebrated group of transgender performers called House of Xtravaganza.

Oscar Hernandez, 30, a mechanic, said she had had some of her ribs removed in an effort to slim her waist.

“For a man, he was gorgeous,” Mr. Hernandez said, noting Ms. Escalera’s flowing hair and “hourglass figure.”

Gary Hernandez, 25, a neighbor, said that Ms. Escalera had worked as an escort and that he regularly saw her advertising her service on an adult Web site.

“She was always on her laptop posting ads about herself,” said Mr. Hernandez (who is not related to Oscar Hernandez). “Still, she was a nice person.”

A debris pile outside the apartment, which is above a funeral home, contained many colorful items. Among them were wigs, women’s shoes, coins from around the world, makeup, hair spray, handbags, a shopping bag from Spandex House, a red feather boa and a pamphlet on how to quit smoking.

The whereabouts of Ms. Escalera’s two visitors were not known, though Mr. Green said he was told by the passer-by that two men were arguing in front of the building at the time of the fire.

Elsewhere early Saturday, firefighters in Queens extinguished a small fire in a wooded area of Forest Park and then discovered the charred body of a man, officials said. The fire, at 86-2 Park Lane South in the park in Woodhaven, was concentrated on the man’s body, officials said. Nearby, they found a shopping cart, spackling buckets and clothing.

The dead man was not immediately identified by the authorities.

“The fire is being investigated both by fire marshals and police,” Mr. Long said.

Quoting kailu1835:

 I would have to have seen the actual article, but I don't think it's very common for articles to actually list things found around the place.


HeathersForever
by on May. 15, 2012 at 12:32 AM
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Ha well to be frank your opinion is one I don't really respect after your confession about hating trasngendered people. And the article is offense. They included a lot of detail that did NOT need to be there. And they said things like she was "called" umm her name was Lorena but they had to say she was "called" they would not say that about a woman. Her name was legally Lorena they did not need to say she was called, or talk about the items in her apartment, it was not relevant. And considering she was not a hooker, speaking about rumors about her sexual history is distasteful.

Quoting ButterMeUp:

At least they called "her", her. Hell if you sleep around, expect to get called out on it.

BTW never have a herd Beyonce  get upset for being called curvaceous. This is one huge eye role from me. 


LauraKW
by "Dude!" on May. 15, 2012 at 12:42 AM

 Would you want a news article reporting your death by fire to start off saying that you were curvaceous?  It's odd at best.

Quoting ButterMeUp:

At least they called "her", her. Hell if you sleep around, expect to get called out on it.

BTW never have a herd Beyonce  get upset for being called curvaceous. This is one huge eye role from me. 

 

ButterMeUp
by Silver Member on May. 15, 2012 at 12:47 AM

Hunny thats done to straight people all the time. They air your dirty laundry to sell a story. A women gets raped, oh well it comes out she has a history is being a slut. Your past comes back to haunt you in every form of life. 

Depends on where you're from. My FIL is from Scotland. Called is another word for name there. It is also used plentiful here in the US. I wonder if that had a part to play. Also f you're a stage performer that would also be a reason for "called" 

Quoting HeathersForever:

Ha well to be frank your opinion is one I don't really respect after your confession about hating trasngendered people. And the article is offense. They included a lot of detail that did NOT need to be there. And they said things like she was "called" umm her name was Lorena but they had to say she was "called" they would not say that about a woman. Her name was legally Lorena they did not need to say she was called, or talk about the items in her apartment, it was not relevant. And considering she was not a hooker, speaking about rumors about her sexual history is distasteful.

Quoting ButterMeUp:

At least they called "her", her. Hell if you sleep around, expect to get called out on it.

BTW never have a herd Beyonce  get upset for being called curvaceous. This is one huge eye role from me. 



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ButterMeUp
by Silver Member on May. 15, 2012 at 12:50 AM

Id take it as a complement and a lie. I have very little curves. M. Monroe and other celebrities are often referred to as "the curvaceous beauty" in stories about them. I honestly see no difference. 

Quoting LauraKW:

 Would you want a news article reporting your death by fire to start off saying that you were curvaceous?  It's odd at best.

Quoting ButterMeUp:

At least they called "her", her. Hell if you sleep around, expect to get called out on it.

BTW never have a herd Beyonce  get upset for being called curvaceous. This is one huge eye role from me. 

 


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LauraKW
by "Dude!" on May. 15, 2012 at 1:00 AM
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 I'm just gonna walk away now.  It's a little too shallow in here for me.

Quoting ButterMeUp:

Id take it as a complement and a lie. I have very little curves. M. Monroe and other celebrities are often referred to as "the curvaceous beauty" in stories about them. I honestly see no difference. 

Quoting LauraKW:

 Would you want a news article reporting your death by fire to start off saying that you were curvaceous?  It's odd at best.

Quoting ButterMeUp:

At least they called "her", her. Hell if you sleep around, expect to get called out on it.

BTW never have a herd Beyonce  get upset for being called curvaceous. This is one huge eye role from me. 

 


 

HeathersForever
by on May. 15, 2012 at 1:05 AM

Exactly talking about her like that was simply disrespectful. I was directed to see this because I am friends with Carmen Carrera a transgendered woman who was a friend of Lorena's and has been posting on FB about it, I looked it up and was shocked. I mean I find this so rude, but I just imagine if the article was about Carmen how much more angry I would be, for they could say things like Carmen frequently performs in squimpy outfits (she is actually married though so the men thing wouldn't be there) but I would be outraged they felt the need to put something like that in an article about her death. I just can't imagine how sad her friends and family feel right now

Quoting LauraKW:

 Would you want a news article reporting your death by fire to start off saying that you were curvaceous?  It's odd at best.

Quoting ButterMeUp:

At least they called "her", her. Hell if you sleep around, expect to get called out on it.

BTW never have a herd Beyonce  get upset for being called curvaceous. This is one huge eye role from me. 

 


HeathersForever
by on May. 15, 2012 at 1:09 AM

If you read the entire article they say she was "Called Lorena" near the beginning and then later on say the police identified her as Lorena Escalera. Her stage name was Lorena Xtravaganza. If they wanted to talk about her stage name they did not need to talk about it there, I think they were purposefully poking fun at her being transgendered.

Also the fact that they named off all the articles such as makeup and women's shoes in the debris outside her apartment, if it had been an article about a regular woman would they have put that in there. NO. They only put it in there because she was transgendered which is horrible because she is legally Lorena. They had no need to do that.

Quoting ButterMeUp:

Hunny thats done to straight people all the time. They air your dirty laundry to sell a story. A women gets raped, oh well it comes out she has a history is being a slut. Your past comes back to haunt you in every form of life. 

Depends on where you're from. My FIL is from Scotland. Called is another word for name there. It is also used plentiful here in the US. I wonder if that had a part to play. Also f you're a stage performer that would also be a reason for "called" 

Quoting HeathersForever:

Ha well to be frank your opinion is one I don't really respect after your confession about hating trasngendered people. And the article is offense. They included a lot of detail that did NOT need to be there. And they said things like she was "called" umm her name was Lorena but they had to say she was "called" they would not say that about a woman. Her name was legally Lorena they did not need to say she was called, or talk about the items in her apartment, it was not relevant. And considering she was not a hooker, speaking about rumors about her sexual history is distasteful.

Quoting ButterMeUp:

At least they called "her", her. Hell if you sleep around, expect to get called out on it.

BTW never have a herd Beyonce  get upset for being called curvaceous. This is one huge eye role from me. 




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