LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — “That’s a man,” someone called out, then an argument ensued while the crowd grew around a Portland, Ore. trans woman and her friend last week. It wasn’t long before someone in the crowd threw the first punch, landing on the friend, then they turned on her.
Rebekah Brewis and her friend fought off a bit more than half a dozen attackers until a store clerk came out and pulled people off them, dragging them to safety. The assailants then fled the scene. The couple was taken to a hospital with Brewis having cuts and abrasions, a loss of hair and other injuries. Her friend’s injuries were less severe.
Police are investigating the assault and have store surveillance video as well as footage from Brewer’s own camera. Still photos from the videos are posted on Brewis’ Facebook page and there is a reward to anyone who can identify the assailants.
“That’s a man” — that’s stuff trans women’s nightmares are made of — things often don’t end well following the utterance of those words. This has even happen to me. At the time however, I was in a position of strength. I may not be so lucky next time. Should this happen to you, it may be better to make a quick exit to live to fight another day.
I wrote earlier of an attack in NYC: https://lexiecannes.com/2016/02/05/noted-trans-activist-attacked-on-nyc-subway-attacker-being-sought-2/