Hate crimes are on the rise for Black people but and according to the Human Rights Campaign, LGBTQ people are “twice as likely to experience any physical violence, twice as likely to experience discrimination and 1.4 times more likely to experience threats and intimidation during acts of hate violence.” Sadly, a woman was subjected to this violence in so-called liberal New York City simply because she was perceived to be gay. The alleged suspect was caught on camera.
According to the Gothamist, “Police say the incident happened just after 5 p.m. Friday, November 30th, in Queens on a Manhattan-bound E train. The suspect apparently became incensed after he saw another woman give the 20-year-old victim a kiss on the cheek. The suspect allegedly called the victim a ‘dyke,’ and they got into a verbal dispute. ”
The woman tried walked away from the suspect and he “punched her in the back of her head and shoved her to the ground, causing her to strike her head on the train’s floor. He fled the train at the next stop at Forest Hills-71st Ave.” She was sent to the hospital with a fractured spine. The man is still at large and he is described as 5’11”, 220 lbs, and 50-60 years old.
See the video below:
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS. Tips can also be sent to NYPDCrimeStoppers.com, on Twitter at @NYPDTips, or by texting 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
The victim has not been identified but we wish her a speedy recovery.