Lopez states a man making advances towards her rolled his hand into a fist and punched her in the eye after another man teased him about the victim’s transgender status. Following the assault, Lopez hit her head on the ground and was knocked out. She later discovered that in addition to the facial injuries, she was stabbed in the arm, had major bruises and swelling on her thigh, a wrist injury and other sores.
Lopez believes because the beating took place in a social setting, the New York Police Department and St. Lukes’ Hospital treated her less than respectfully. She also made the point that cis people, enraged by the discovery of a person’s trans status in a social setting, is exactly why transgender people often get badly beaten, and frequently, beaten to death. The threat of being beaten causes many to dodge social settings with attractive men.
This my second report of a trans beating in 24 hours. For those of you with TRIGGER concerns, be aware that most trans beatings go unreported or unverified and the numbers are high. The two victims happen to be well-known in their respective communities and reached media attention. The closeness of these incidents are likely coincidences and not conclusive evidence of an increasing trend of trans beatings.
I wrote of another trans woman who was also physically assaulted a few days ago: https://lexiecannes.com/2016/04/17/thats-a-man-leads-to-crowd-turning-ugly-injuries-to-trans-woman-rescue-by-store-clerk/
My report on Jennifer’s earlier attack: https://lexiecannes.com/2016/02/05/noted-trans-activist-attacked-on-nyc-subway-attacker-being-sought-2/