One of the reasons that I get a little claustrophobic on a subway is the fear of violence because I’m trans. This latest incident bears it out.
Transgender woman captures video as subway passenger verbally and physically assaults herAt least on a bus you can get off, but on the subway you are trapped and that makes me a little bit claustrophobic.
The Daily Dot
By Jaya Saxena
May 3, 2016
People often assume that New York is full of liberal, tolerant people, a place where people will at least keep their mouths shut on the subway about things that don’t concern them. But that wasn’t the case for Pearl Love, a transgender woman who on Monday found herself on the receiving end of a litany of abuse, which began verbal and became physical, while riding the subway.
Love recorded video of the incident, in which a woman sitting across from her accuses her of “living in a man’s penis and body” and hurls racist remarks at her about her Asian identity.
Love said she ignored the woman for a while but began recording when the woman’s yelling became louder.
“What are we supposed to do with you?” the woman yelled. “Because this s**t right here ain’t appropriate for my child.” She also asked, “Who are you really under all that makeup?”
Eventually, the woman attacked Love. “When I retreated,” Love wrote on Facebook, “she threw all my stuff on the floor and chased me around the train and [said] she [was] going to find a stick to hit me. It was a crowded train and everyone heard it but no one helped me. Guys acting like nothing happened.”