Huffington Post
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May 27, 2012

A wildly insensitive New York Times article on the life and death of trans artist and drag performer Lorena Escalera flared tensions between the gender-variant community and the paper when it was published as part of the Sunday edition on May 14. The article, called "Woman Dies in a Brooklyn Fire That Is Deemed Suspicious," served as a painful exemplar of the media's salacious, oversexualized understanding of trans women of color, said Carmen Carrera, Escalera's friend and fellow trans-identified drag performer. Carrera is most widely known for her performance on the third season of Logo reality series RuPaul's Drag Race.

Read our blog posts about the New York Times article at http://www.glaad.org/blog/ny-times-trans-exploitation-completely-unacceptable (5/14/12), http://www.glaad.org/blog/ny-times-does-not-retract-dehumanizing-coverage-trans-woman-who-died-fire (5/15/12), and http://www.glaad.org/blog/ny-times-trans-exploitation-generates-community-response (5/17/12)