First Prison Term For Transgender Hate Crime Death


Allen Andrade, 32, was sentenced yesterday to life in prison without possibility of parole for murder in Greeley, Co., reports the Denver Post. Jurors also convicted him of a hate crime, the first time in the U.S. someone has been sent to prison for killing a transgender person under a hate-crime law, advocates say.

That, they say, bodes well for transgender people in Colorado and elsewhere. “This is a good start to allowing people to live their lives without fear they will be singled out because of who they are,” said Susan Matthews, a member of the Gender Identification Center in Wheat Ridge, Co. The speed of the conviction stunned many, especially given the conservative makeup of Greeley and the victim’s transgender-oriented life.

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