Candlelight Vigil to Honor Life of Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar

Community leaders and organizations have joined together to pay tribute to the life Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar and raise awareness of the ongoing violence against transgender women of color.  We blogged about the initial media coverage of her murder, which occurred on March 28th, and we have been tracking the recent coverage of her alleged attacker’s arrest. This Saturday, April 24th, two ceremonies are being held in her honor: a memorial service for friends, allies, and family members who were unable to attend her funeral three weeks ago, as well as a candlelight vigil in front of her Ridgewood, Queens apartment building. These two events will allow advocates to mourn her loss and raise awareness about the ongoing pattern of violence against transgender women of color. Saturday, April 24th Memorial Service 2:00pm Metropolitan Community Church 446 West 36th St in Manhattan Vigil 4:00– 5:00pm 69-30 62nd St Queens, NY (Amanda’s apartment building) These services are being cosponsored by FIERCE!, Make the Road NY’s LGBTQ Justice Project (GLOBE), New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA), New York City Anti Violence Project (AVP), Queens Pride House (QPH), The Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF), TRANSCEND (a Project of Cambridge Cares for AIDS), Silvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP), and other LGBTQ rights organizations. GLAAD has continued to monitor media coverage of Amanda’s murder over the past month, providing editors and reporters with resources to tell her story in a fair and accurate light.  Much of the initial coverage was problematic (inappropriately using male pronouns and including her birth name in headlines), but most follow-up stories have contained accurate terminology following our outreach.  We do still see room for improvement in the overall portrayal of Amanda’s life in the media. We encourage community members, allies, and media professionals alike to attend her vigil in order to both support her family and ensure that her life is duly honored by a full and meaningful representation in the media.