Statement on Murder of Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar

March 31, 2010 – Queens Pride House and Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund stand in solidarity with family and friends of Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar, a transgender woman who was found brutally murdered in her home in Ridgewood, Queens yesterday.

According to reports, Amanda was found dead in her apartment on Tuesday. She had not been heard from since Friday. Police are investigating the murder, including reviewing surveillance video taken from inside the building.

We send our deepest condolences to Amanda's friends and family.  Queens Pride House and TLDEF are deeply saddened by this act of violence in the community and the pattern of violence against transgender women emerging within Queens.  Last year, Carmella Etienne and Leslie Mora, also transgender women, were assaulted in the borough. Transgender women everywhere are socially marginalized and extremely vulnerable to violence, including hate crimes.   On average, a transgender person is murdered once a month in the United States, an extraordinarily high rate of violence.

As organizations serving the transgender community, we are very concerned about the safety of transgender women within our community. We condemn the violence against Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar and encourage swift action by law enforcement to apprehend suspects, and to fully investigate this brutal crime and bring all appropriate charges.