Four attackers ganged up on a Fredericksburg transgender woman on May 21 at a 7-Eleven convenience store.
The Virginia Anti-Violence Project has released a statement condemning the attacks.
“This attack on a member of the transgender community underscores the need for greater awareness of and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) Virginians. Ignorance and anger cannot be permitted to negate any person’s human right to safety and security,” states Ashley Marshall, Chair of Virginia Anti-Violence Project’s Board of Directors.
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In response to this attack, the Virginia Anti-Violence Project (VAVP) offers support to transgender and other community members and organizations to assist in processing this violence and responding in a constructive manner. VAVP offers support to victims and survivors of anti-LGBTQ violence, including those experiencing alarm, fear, threat, and other harms because of this and other hate-motivated violence; and works to prevent hate-motivated and all violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals, families, households, and communities. Ted Heck, Treasurer for VAVP notes, “Violence like this, directed at someone because of their transgender status, is a painful attack on all people whose identity is different from the mainstream. It spreads fear throughout the community, and especially within Virginia’s transgender communities. VAVP stands ready to work with anyone who wants to address anti-LGBTQ violence in Virginia and to help build safe communities.”
The VAVP is reminding the public and state officials that Virginia’s statute for enhanced penalties on hate crimes is not inclusive of the victim’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender.
The Virginia Anti-Violence Project works to address and end violence, with a specific focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities across Virginia. VAVP is an organization of volunteers, active since 2006. The website can be found at http://www.virginiaavp.org/.