Earlier this week, a transgender woman from New York posted a video of herself being verbally and physically assaulted while riding the subway during rush hour.
Pearl Love is an outreach social worker for Translatina Network. Last Thursday, she was riding the 6 train to work when a woman sitting across from her launched into an unprovoked transphobic tirade, verbally assaulting her before eventually standing up and beating Love while the other riders did nothing.
In just a few days the video has received over 400,000 views on Facebook and YouTube combined, received nearly 2,000 shares and hundreds of comments… including one from the Democratic frontrunner in the 2016 presidential election.
Yesterday, Hillary Clinton left Love a message on Facebook, writing:
Pearl, I’m so sorry that you experienced this. The all-too-high prevalence of violence and hatred faced by the transgender community — in 2016! —is a rebuke to all of us. Every single person deserves to be safe and live free from discrimination and cruelty, period. And transgender people need to hear from every one of us that you are loved, respected, and deserving of equality under the law. Know that you have my support, and I’m on your side.
It is unclear whether Love has chosen to file a police report, but the Anti-Violence Project says it is aware of the assault and has reached out to officials in the appropriate districts.