Kentucky arson may be bias-motivated

BY Advocate.com Editors

January 04 2003 12:00 AM ET

A Daviess County, Ky., man believes his apartment was targeted by an arsonist earlier this week because of his gender identity. Owensboro firefighters responded to a late-night call for help on Wednesday from Charlie Glenn's apartment. Firefighters found the front of the duplex engulfed in flames, according to the Owensboro Fire Department. The home is divided into two apartments, one shared by Glenn, 29, and his nephew. The other apartment was occupied by a woman and her child. Glenn was the only one home at the time of the fire.

Glenn is undergoing hormone treatments and refers to himself as a transsexual. He believes his gender identity causes him to be an outcast, which may have triggered the alleged act of violence. Glenn said he was alone and watching television when he heard glass break in a bedroom. He went to investigate and found the room full of flames. The cause of the blaze--which originated in the bedroom--remains under investigation, said Owensboro fire marshal Steve Leonard. Leonard said foul play has not been ruled out. "We've got some questions about that," Leonard said. "One of the occupants thought he heard something suspicious right before the fire started."

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