Men Attack and Strip 2 Trans Women on Atlanta Train
Police are investigating the attack of two transgender women of color, who were harassed and stripped on an Atlanta, Ga., Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) train on May 20 by several men allegedly because of their gender identity, Atlanta’s ABC-affiliate station WSB-TV reports.
The incident was caught on camera and went viral after it was posted to www.flyvidz.com. The two-minute clip, which was posted on May 22 and has been viewed more than 2.65 million views, shows the two transgender women getting into a verbal altercation with a group of men. One of the men then kicks the woman, sparking a brawl. During the fight, one of the woman’s clothes are pulled off and is completely naked. Nevertheless, the fight continues. No one intervenes during the fight and there is even an applause and cheering towards the end of the altercation.
The women told WSB-TV they were at a MARTA train station when a group of men approached them and started yelling. They claim the group followed them into the station and waited on the platform next to them while taking pictures of them. The women added they believe they were targeted because they of their gender identity.
"[They] just kept of asking us was we real," Janell Crosby told the news station. "Like really trying to get us. ’Are you real?’ ’Are y’all this or that?’ Just trying to embarrass us."
Tryra Woods added, "They were trying to find out if we are men or women. I shouldn’t have to disclose who I am to an innocent person who I’m not even interested in talking to."
The women say they were harassed, attacked, embarrassed and that no one came to their aide.
"I really didn’t want to fight, but he just kicked me and tried to make a big scene," Crosby told WSB-TV.
"I told one cop who was following us to the gate. He acted like he didn’t want to hear from us," she said, according to the GA Voice, Georgia’s LGBT newspaper. "He didn’t write any statement or anything."
"It’s all over the Internet and like, I’m naked," Woods told the news station. "I felt like since it was in a public transportation, we should’ve felt like we should’ve been secure."
The GA Voice reports Crosby said she doesn’t "know if people are viewing [the video] for the right thing or to change the situation or laugh at it."