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Transgender Woman Attacked in Queens

El Diario/La Prensa, Posted: Jul 03, 2009

NEW YORK - Leslie Mora, a transgender woman, was walking to her home in Queens at 3:00 a.m. when she was brutally attacked by two Latino men who left her on the ground naked and bleeding, reports El Diario/La Prensa. After spending the next two weeks at home recovering from her injuries, the 30-year-old Nicaraguan immigrant described her June 19 attack in detail in an interview with the New York Spanish-language newspaper.

Gilberto Ortiz, 32, and Trinidad Tapia, 19, were arrested shortly after the incident on charges of first-degree assault and unlawful possession of a weapon. Prosecutor Richard Brown told El Diario/La Prensa that he did not understand why the attack was not being prosecuted as a hate crime and promised that he would not stop until it was. The number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender victims killed in attacks over their sexual orientation rose by 28 percent in 2008 compared with the previous year, according to the National Coalition of Programs Against Violence.


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