Police called to the scene of a violent murder of a Texas woman and it is only just coming to light that the Sheriff’s office not only Misgendered the victim as a “Man in a dress” but also dead named the victim making it extremely difficult for friends to identify her.
As the woman murdered had been living fully in the community for over 30 years and was only known as Stephanie Montez her friends only knew her as the woman she identified as bringing increased reasoning why a Misgendered woman may never be identified properly in the event of death.
The Police and Medical examiner also dead named the victim making it extremely difficult for friends and family to identify her as Ms Montez as she had been living fully in the community for over 30 years and was only known as Stephanie Montez.
The Nueces County Sheriff’s Office was called to an area on the 21st of October. There, deputies found the body of a person who had been shot to death.
The Medical examiners misidentified the 47-year-old under the wrong gender and also under her dead name making it extremely difficult for friends of the victim to identify her, eventually, friends raised the alarm and the horrific story transpired of her murder as well as the police actions.
Ramirez (a friend) has known Montez for about 30 years and says she has never known Stephanie under any other name.
“She just had a great outlook on life. She was very supportive of everyone,” said Ramirez, 44. “… I’m hoping everyone has equal rights. It’s a human life regardless.” Ramirez said.
“I don’t know why anybody would do this.”
Medical examiners said Montez had been shot in the chest, abdomen and a shoulder.
Stephanie Motez will be the 22nd known transgender American murder of 2017
Local news outlets are invaluable when it comes to bringing attention to violence against LGBTQ people, and it’s understandable that the journalist might not know the gender identity of someone who cannot be asked. Still, they knew that Montez was presenting as a woman when the first article was written, so they should have used female pronouns, or at least gender-neutral language like “they” and “person” instead of “he” and “man.”
In the second article, which happened after an interview with one of Montez’s friends, there is no excuse for either instance of dead-naming.
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