If it hadn’t been for Vicky Thoms’ bravery, Chrissy Polis might now permanently injured or dead. When 22-year-old Polis tried to use the women’s restroom at a Baltimore McDonald’s in April, she heard someone say, “That’s a dude, that’s a dude and she’s in the female bathroom” right before her attackers spit in her face and proceeded to kick and punch her until she had a seizure. The assaulters began dragging Polis out of the restaurant by the hair until Ms. Thoms intervened and they fled. Polis and Thoms recently reunited on TV to discuss the attack and its aftermath. Polis doesn’t like stepping outdoors these days and remains unemployed and uncertain whether or not her assailants will get charged with a hate crime.
Meanwhile, Joseline Pena-Melnyk the sponsor of Maryland’s contentious Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Bill (HB 235) has cited Polis’ attack in stressing the need for public accommodations protections for the state’s transgender, transsexual, and intersex citizens.