CRIME WATCH

Trans Woman Brutally Beaten In New York, Hate Crime Investigation Underway

17living_span-articleLargeLate last weekend, an unidentified 28-year-old trans woman and her gay friend were walking in Bushwick, a neighborhood in Brooklyn adjacent to Williamsburg. The two were approached by several men, and what started as harassment turned into brutal violence when they discovered she was trans.

The woman, a client of New Alternatives for Homeless LGBT Youth, was repeatedly called “faggot” and beaten with a 2×4.

The victim’s friend was able to escape the scene unharmed, and the attack is now under investigation by NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force.

Kate Barnhart, New Alternatives’ executive director, told local press:

“She is listed in stable condition, but it is not clear if she will have permanent brain damage.

It is outrageous that transgender people are still not safe in what is supposed to be the safest LGBT city in the world.”

It is even more outrageous that this attack is the second violent crime committed against an LGBT person in Bushwick in just weeks.

On September 27, a 22-year-old self identifying gay man dressed in feminine clothing was shot in the buttocks and called “faggot” and “tranny” while walking with friends.

In that case, police charged 21-year-old Matthew Smith with attempted murder, assault, criminal possession of a weapon, and menacing, all as hate crimes. Cody Sigue, 22, and Tavon Johnson, 17, were charged with menacing and aggravated harassment, both as hate crimes.

via Gay City News