In Cleveland, Ohio a woman who wishes to remain unnamed says she was threatened by an armed couple. The pair asked the woman if she was transgender and then demanded she expose her genitals to prove she wasn’t. When she refused, they shattered her windshield.
After having drinks at a bar Sunday night the unnamed woman said she began engaging in a friendly conversation with a stranger. The conversation quickly turned personal when the woman was asked if she was really a woman because there were rumors about the her gender. The stranger then asked for proof and demanded to see the unnamed woman’s genitals.
The young lady who demanded proof of gender was eventually escorted out the bar. But when the unnamed woman tried to leave 45 minutes later, she was blocked in by two cars.
Once again, she was confronted by the lady from the bar and an armed man she brought with her. And once again, the lady demanded she expose herself.
The unnamed woman was able to get images of the black Chevy Cobalt and a green Honda involved, hoping it may lead to an arrest.
The Greater Cleveland LGBT center has also spoken out on this woman’s behalf.
“Just because this person isn’t trans doesn’t negate the fact that this person still demanded to see someone else’s body,” said Community Relations manager Ryan Clopton-Zymler.
Clopton-Zymler says in recent years, hate crimes targeting transgender people have been on the rise. Here in Cleveland, four transgender women were murdered in just the last five years. Clopton-Zymler says particularly transgender women of color are being targeted.
“This comes down to sexual assault. This was someone being publicly discriminated against, publicly attacked based on the assumption of their gender identity” said Clopton Zymler.
Police have filed this case as a kidnapping and criminal damaging offense.
The woman hopes Cleveland’s fourth district will pursue her case until an arrest is made.