In recent months, the nation’s focus has been on the issue of LGBT rights and LGBT discrimination thanks to a few states–Mississippi, North Carolina, and Texas–which have passed restrictive “bathroom laws” legislating who can use what restroom if that person happens to have been born one gender but identifies as another. Proponents of such laws claim they are meant to protect children, even though there is not a single instance on record of a transgender person assaulting another person in a bathroom.
Unfortunately, the attention the debate over LGBT rights has drawn has also brought out those who merely wish to hate others for the reason of being different. Such animus can lead to hate speech and hate crimes, as was the case in Kentucky this week.
Brittany Nicole Wallace lives in Paintsville, Kentucky, and she says on Thursday she was brutally attacked and assaulted by a man who told her she looked too masculine, too much like a man. As Wallace posted on Facebook:
‘Today I was assaulted. A man assaulted me because I look like a ‘dike’! He told me that he would ‘beat me like the man I want to be.’ He said, ‘people like me make him hate the world.’
Wallace also had this to say about the attack she had to endure:
‘He started by hitting me over and over in the face until he got me down. After I was down he began to kick me in the stomach, side, and face.’
Ms. Wallace tried to fight back, to defend herself from this hate-filled man, but she said he was much bigger than her, and also much stronger, meaning he had a decided advantage.
Perhaps the worst fact about this horrific attack on this innocent woman who was minding her own business is that others just stood and watched as she was beaten unmercifully. Wallace recalls:
‘The sad part is that no one would come help me either. Several people stood around and watched this happen to me. Again, I truly believe that if I had a more feminine appearance someone would have helped.’
As you can well imagine, Wallace is emotionally and physically devastated by the attack, and she had this to say:
‘This has not only physically but mentally and emotionally damaged me. I will do everything I can to try to put a stop to this hate and violence. I love people and try to help people all the time. All I ask if you read this is to please stop the hate, and help people when you see them getting hurt verbally, emotionally and physically!’
Violence against LGBT Americans is on the rise in this country, as is documented in this report.
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