Trans woman brutally attacked in Spain amid shouts of “faggot”

Lavapies

Sunday, January 10, at 00:30 pm  a brutal attack on a transgender woman occurred in the Madrid district of Lavapiés. It happened, as reported by the Arcópoli collective, when the woman, outside a bar, attended some guys who asked for cigars. When she opened the bag, the attackers began to beat her, shouting “you’re a faggot.”

The woman, on her fifties, received a hard blow in the face, which caused her a temporary loss of consciousness and consequent fall to the ground, where she continued to be beaten all over her body until finally the attackers fled. The victim was treated at the scene by members of the SAMUR and taken to a hospital, where fortunately no serious physical injury were found beyond several bruises and contusions.

Yago Blando, Arcópoli Coordinator (a LGBT group that also denounced last week homophobic assault occurred in the Salamanca district on New Year), said: “This, one of the most brutal LGBTphobia attacks which have been reported in recent months, indicates that there is much work to be done with the institutions to eradicate this scourge. We must give an urgent response to the wave of attacks against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and demand the full cooperation of the various governments to ensure the safety of LGBT people in the street.”

Arcópoli announced an imminent meeting with the delegate of Health, Safety and Emergency of the Madrid City Council, Javier Barbero, “who has given us all the municipal support against LGTBphobia” and that today would meet with the assaulted women, although at the end the meeting has not taken place because of the pain she had. The Madrid based group, which has accompanied the victim to report what happened, has also called for a “greater regional involvement and acceptance of our plan against attacks that we have been demanding for more than a year ago” and has also requested a meeting with the Government Delegation in Madrid and with the commissioner specialized in hate crimes “to further improve the protocols”.

Violence and hatred against LGBT people is increasing and becoming more visible in Madrid, both in the capital and suburbs. Shortly before the end of 2015 Nazi graffiti appeared at the headquarters of the collective Fuenla Understand, in Fuenlabrada. And in early December Arcópoli was denouncing homophobic attack on the outskirts of Chueca. Weeks before, the same group denounced another assault on two boys occurred at the intersection of Alcalá and Gran Vía streets, another attack in Alcala de Henares and another transsexual woman was attacked in the capital, in the district of Tetuá

As i was writimg and translating this, i couldn’t stop to think that this attack was not a LGBTphobic one but a transphobic one. It is very usual for most lgbt groups when talking or describing transphobic acts to label them as LGBTphobics, or even homophobics, as is done in most south america countries. The denial of the existance of transphobia is an act of transphobia in itself. More, the “faggot” cry when attacking the trans woman, the denial of her womanhood, is clearly a transphobic act.

Source: dosmanzanas.com Brutal agresión a una mujer transexual en Lavapiés al grito de “tú eres un maricón”

Trans woman, activist, writer and translator from Portugal (that's in Europe)

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