The group Everything Transgender in NYC, which provides services to transgender women and men, is hosting an emergency rally in Jackson Heights Tuesday evening in response to a vicious attack of a transgender woman on Sunday morning.
The woman was struck in the head and face repeatedly, thrown to the ground, and continued to be assaulted in front of her Jackson Heights home. The attack occurred at about 4 a.m. and the victim is currently in critical condition at Elmhurst Hospital, police said.
The rally, which will start at the 90th Street Elmhurst stop on the 7 train at 5:30 p.m., will move to 93rd Street and 97th Place at 6 p.m. According to the group’s Facebook page, the rally “serves as a testament as to the support we have for one another in our community.”
“We will not sit around while transgender people keep getting beaten and murdered,” the note continues. “We ask that the media report about transgender people in a respectful manor.”
According to published reports, the victim and the suspect got into a verbal altercation before it got physical. The attack is under investigation and the NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force is also investigating.
“Our messages to the community where this happened will be ‘Transgender Lives Matter,’ ‘Respect Your Transgender Neighbors’ and ‘We are not ‘men dress[ed] in women clothing,’” the organizers said in the post.