Rally in Queens calling for end to violence against transgender community

ByEyewitness News WABC logo
Friday, August 26, 2016

WOODSIDE, Queens (WABC) -- A rally was held Thursday night to call for an end to violence against the transgender community, in the wake of an attack in Queens.

Elected officials and community members gathered in Woodside, near the site of last week's attack.

A transgender woman was hit in the head with a hammer, by a man who made anti-gay remarks and stole her purse.

The victim, whose name is Gabby, addressed the rally through a translator.

"I am so thankful to all of you here, I feel a lot of fear," she said.

"One attack against the trans community is an attack against every single one of us," said City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer.

Police are investigating the attack as a possible hate crime.

As the 28-year-old victim walked along 67th Street Wednesday morning, her alleged attacker approached her from behind.

Before hitting her, he screamed, "This is what you get for being gay."

The victim was treated for serious injuries and has been released from the hospital. The attacker remains at large.