Trans Woman Dies in a Fire, NY Times Writes Demeaning and Exploitative Article

So, there’s this: Woman Dies in Brooklyn Fire That is Deemed Suspicious.

And just in case you couldn’t tell what’s wrong with the above article: NY Times Trans Exploitation Completely Unacceptable.

In short, the NY times, instead of focusing on the tragedy of the early death of a young woman, turns her into a sex object saying she was “curvaceous,” that she “drew admiring glances” in her “gritty Brooklyn neighborhood,” that she “was known to invite men for visits to her apartment”. The article then proceeds to  use her death as an excuse to talk almost exclusively about her trans-ness, but solely in a demeaning and exploitative way, picking over her life and belongings sate some weird cissexist curiosity about people perceived as “deviant” by the mainstream.

The article by the NY Times is misogynistic, exploitative, dehumanizing, transphobic, and cissexist. It contains offensive implications about trans* people, women and sex workers as well as repeatedly implying that Lorena Escalera was not a “real” woman. GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) reached out to the NY Times and informed them that the article was highly offensive and insulting, the NY Times issued a statement full of rationalizations and excuses and refused to retract the article.

(From the GLAAD website: NY Times Does Not Retract Dehumanizing Coverage of Trans Woman Who Died in Fire)

Lorena Escalera was a talented model and performer and by all accounts a very sweet person, she deserved more than the callousness and insensitivity shown by the writers at the NY Times.


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