Four attackers backed the transgender woman against a wall and began to beat her, with fists, kicks, and a metal broom handle.
The victim said throughout the beating that her attackers shouted slurs mocking her transgender status. She said that before the attack, she had an argument with one of the attacker’s relatives about a dog.
Neighbors broke up the fight and the victim suffered injuries to her face and mouth with bruises on her body. One attacker has been placed in jail while police are investigating three male suspects.
Virginia’s hate crime laws do not cover sexual orientation or gender identity.