Denouncing Hatred Against Transgender Latinas

Council member Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), with the red tie, joins Make the Road New York in leading the Trans-Latinx March. (Photos by Ariel Hernandez via Queens Tribune)

The sixth annual Trans-Latinx March on July 10 came after some 20 alleged attacks against members of the LGBTQ community in the Jackson Heights, Corona and Woodside area in the last year alone, reports Ariel Hernandez for Queens Tribune. Demonstrators spoke out against trans- and homophobia in front of the office of Make the Road New York, which organized the event, in Jackson Heights.

The march began with transgender women sharing their stories of the discrimination they endured.

In 2008, Perla Torres, a member of Make the Road’s Trans Immigrant Project, was attacked by three men, just one block away from Make The Road’s office. Two men held her arms, while the third man beat her with a chain, cutting open the right side of her face. The men ripped off her clothes during the attack and then ran away. Immediately, Torres returned to her block, where other local transgender residents called the police on her behalf. Upon arrival, officers dismissed the incident and told her, “Go home. Nothing bad happened here.”

“It was because I’m a transgender woman that they didn’t pay attention to me the way they would if I were a straight person,” Torres said.

Reporter Ryan Brady also covered the march for Queens Chronicle. He noted:

Consul General of Mexico to New York City Diego Gomez Pickering and city Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) joined the hundreds of firebrands and fellow travelers to demand an end to attacks on the transgender Latina community. (…)

For more on the march, go to Queens Tribune and Queens Chronicle.

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