We, the undersigned allied lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) organizations are deeply concerned by the national trend of prosecuting survivors of anti-LGBTQ hate violence for defending themselves. Currently Eisha Love, a young African American transgender woman, who was violently attacked by a group of people in a transphobic hate violence incident in her own neighborhood, is facing first degree attempted murder charges for defending herself from this attack. Eisha was the only person arrested. Eisha is currently being held by the Cook County department of Corrections in Chicago.
AVP has learned of an anti-LGBTQ hate violence incident that occurred in on Saturday morning, September 27th, around 7 am on Broadway near Putnam Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn. According to media reports and information from the King's County Brooklyn District Attorney's Office, a young man who identifies as gay, and who at the time of the attack was in feminine clothing, was walking with friends when he was accosted by two men and a 17-year old teenager shouting homophobic and transphobic slurs. When the survivor tried to run, he was pursued by the three alleged offenders and shot in the back. All three men were apprehended, arrested and charged with a variety of charges including hate crime charges. The survivor was treated for non-life threatening injuries at Brookdale University Hospital, and then released.
The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) has learned of an attempted sexual violence incident which occurred last Friday afternoon, September 12th, in Greenwich Village. According to media sources, an unidentified man lured a 17 teen year old young man into the Hilary Gardens Parking Garage, and tried to sexually assault him. The 17 year old escaped unharmed, and the alleged offender has yet to be apprehended.
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) mourns the intimate partner violence homicide of Alejandra Leos, a transgender woman of color killed this weekend in Memphis, Tennessee. According to media reports, Alejandra Leos was shot outside her home following a domestic dispute that originated within the home. Marshall Pegues, age 21, has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in connection with her death.
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