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How Did Newark Police Mistake Murdered Post-Op Victoria White For A Man?

Victoria Carmen White, a 28-year-old post-op trans woman from Newark, died Sept. 11 from a gunshot at a relative’s apartment. Police, who are investigating the shooting as a homicide, then released a statement about Victoria’s murder — identifying her as James White, his birth name. ‘Cause that was an easy mistake to make? [via PHB]

By:           Sarah Nigel
On:           Oct 4, 2010
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  • 11 Comments
    • Samwise
      Samwise

      Oh yeah, that totally looks like a guy.

      Assholes.

      Oct 4, 2010 at 3:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kieran
      Kieran

      I believe the murder took place in a house in Maplewood NJ, a quiet, leafy suburb of crime-ridden Newark. What a terrible, tragic waste of a beautiful young life.

      Oct 4, 2010 at 3:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tina
      Tina

      GET THE PRONOUNS RIGHT.

      This is not optional. This is an absolute requirement, and in accordance with APA stylebook format, use the pronoun that the person prefers.

      Her. She. Female. Woman.

      Oct 4, 2010 at 3:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Steve
      Steve

      “his birth name”

      You mean HER birth name, right?

      Oct 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Yarnbob
      Yarnbob

      @Steve: I think he was pointing out the transmisogyny.

      Oct 5, 2010 at 1:10 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Joann Prinzivalli
      Joann Prinzivalli

      @Yarnbob: If that was the case, the “his” should have been in quotes – just as I’ve done here. Queerty should edit that last sentence to refer to the victim as her, as in “as James white, her birth name.”

      Anything less is offensive, demeaning, and disrespectful of Victoria’s memory.

      Oct 5, 2010 at 9:34 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • gina
      gina

      More importantly, where has the LGBT online and print media as well as representative organizations been when it comes to this case and the subsequent coverage compared with, say, the situation with the young high school trans man who couldn’t be homecoming king? The usual formula… dead trans woman of color… not important. White queer people… big news.

      Btw, a few weeks ago there were two more trans women murdered in Puerto Rico. Silence. Two Turkish trans women attending a conference were attacked by a crowd in Malmo, Sweden. Silence.

      Oct 5, 2010 at 12:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Will the gay com bring down the Dems? So therefore make it even harder to pass anything? (John from England)
      Will the gay com bring down the Dems? So therefore make it even harder to pass anything? (John from England)

      @gina:

      :-(

      Malmo, Sweden? Sheez, I have a few friends from there and its supposed to be so open..

      Oct 5, 2010 at 4:18 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ms.claudia hillman
      ms.claudia hillman

      As a transsexual women I feel so sad that Victoria was murdered.I live in New Jersey and NJ is very prejudice and cruel to transsexuals.my deepest sympathy to Victoria and her family and friends

      Oct 21, 2010 at 1:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ledamay
      Ledamay

      I knew her and know the details…
      I was told this THUG had a hard on for her, and when he found out she was post op he went a got a gun and shot her.

      His stiffy for her made him feel gay , so he shot her for it.

      TOTAL HATE CRIME! and they should be charged as such. FRY THEM!!

      Fucking HOMOPHOBES!!!

      Such a shame!

      Feb 27, 2011 at 5:12 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Shannon1981
      Shannon1981

      Her family should sue the cops for this. It is a disgusting insult to her memory. And the freak who shot her should be prosecuted for a hate crime.

      Feb 27, 2011 at 9:22 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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