Homeless Man Charged in Brutal Beating of Philadelphia Trans Woman

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Philadelphia police have released a statement reporting that a 53-year-old trans woman was brutally attacked and hospitalised on the 18th of August and still remains in critical condition.

The attack was reportedly captured on CCTV surveillance, where the victim is seen to be repeatedly punched and nicked whilst unconscious.  Philadelphia police also reported that after the victim ‘lay motionless’ on the ground the attacker stomped on her head several times before making off with her purse.

Police have charged 22-year-old homeless man Marcus Jones with the attack, and stated that he has in the past committed two similar crimes, on against a 61-year-old male and another against a 48-year-old woman.

Police have not commented on the motive behind the attack, though it is entirely possible based on the previous attacks that it was not motivated by the victims gender.

The police department did not initially report the victim as being transgender as the Philadelphia Police have instigated a new policy on appropriate gender pronoun usage.  ‘She identifies as a black female,’ Deputy Commissioner Kevin Bethel said, ‘so we’ll identify her as a black female’.

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Amy is a journalist and editor contributing the websites Planet Transgender, Gay News Network, The Bottle Episode, The Retro Box and Claire Channel. Amy is also a published comic book writer and letterer.

In addition to her writing Amy has also worked with the Centre For Hate Crime Studies in Leicester and has worked in the capacity of an advisor to the United Nations Entity For Gender Equality and The Empowerment of Women.

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