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Wed Jul 3, 2019, 05:53 AM

Bigots Attack Trans Women in Jackson Heights

Two transgender women were attacked with pepper spray and hit with anti-LGBTQ slurs in back-to-back assaults in Queens on the day before WorldPride and Stonewall 50 in New York City.

Bianey Garcia, a longtime trans activist who has recently played a role in the effort to decriminalize sex work in New York, and Norma Ureiro were first assaulted at Roosevelt Avenue and 82nd Street in Jackson Heights while they were working on a documentary in the early morning hours of June 29, Garcia told Gay City News this week. Shortly thereafter, they were attacked yet again.

In the first attack, Garcia said a pair of assailants approached them and started muttering hateful words, saying, “You are a fucking faggot, you’re not a real woman.” One attacker, a woman, then accused Garcia of being a sex worker and that she would call the police on her for engaging in prostitution.

Moments later, Garcia was pepper-sprayed twice.

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