The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), GLAAD and The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland have criticized the Cleveland Plain Dealer's coverage of the murder of a transgender woman.

On April 17, the body of Cemia Acoff was found in Olmsted Township, a western suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. Acoff was a 20-year-old transgender African-American woman. Acoff, who had been reported missing March 27, was stabbed repeatedly and dumped into a pond.

The Center charged in an email to supporters that reporters had “managed to strip away [Acoff's] human dignity even in death.”

“[R]emember that behind every death reported in sensationalist journalism, there is a human being with family, friends and a life story,” wrote Phyllis Harris, executive director of the Center.

The groups labeled 2 headlines “highly problematic”: “Brutal Slaying Marks The End Of Cleveland Man's Fight For Acceptance” and “Oddly Dressed Man Found In Olmsted Township Pond Identified.

Both titles have been since been altered, and the Plain Dealer added the following explanation: “This story has been edited since originally posted to bring it within the style recommended by the Associated Press involving transgender people.”

In a blog post, GLAAD wrote that “describing Acoff as 'oddly dressed' is incredibly insulting” and “Her murder did not 'end her fight for acceptance,' it ended her life. Period.”

“And removing pronouns doesn't fix much,” GLAAD added. “Yes, the stories are no longer factually incorrect, but this tact still shows an unwillingness to respect the victim's gender identity and accept her as female.”

HRC added in a blog post: “We call on Ohio's largest newspaper to do right by the entire LGBT community and apologize for its inexcusable coverage of a tragic murder.”