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Trans Woman Seen in Brutal Beating Video Speaks Out: “I Will Remain Strong”

Muhlaysia Booker was attacked in an act of mob violence in Dallas, Texas.

A transgender woman who was the victim of an attack caught on video in Dallas earlier this month has been released from the hospital and is speaking out for the first time following the brutal incident.

Muhlaysia Booker, 23, accidentally backed into a vehicle last week outside of an apartment complex and, according to police, the driver of that car, 29-year-old Edward Thomas, refused to let her leave, pointing a gun at her while demanding she pay for the damage. A crowd gathered and someone allegedly offered Thomas $200 to beat up Booker. Video shows Thomas doing just that, while bystanders watch, and in some cases take part, kicking Booker as she covers her head against the blows Thomas repeatedly delivers.

Thomas has been arrested, and there are calls for him to be charged with a hate crime. Police say slurs were also hurled at Booker during the attack.

Over the weekend, supporters held a rally in support of Booker, who appeared before the crowd and thanked them for their support.

“This time I can stand before you; whereas in other scenarios, we are at a memorial,” she said, ABC 13 reports. “I am overwhelmed by your presence, your donation to support of my transgender family and allies who want to see justice served in this case. I will remain strong with your support.”

Video from ABC 13 follows, including footage of the beating, which is graphic.

According to Booker’s father, Pierre Booker, this isn’t the first time his daughter has faced violence because she’s trans.

Earlier this year, a transgender woman in Houston named Pinky was shot and injured by a man who then fled the scene.

Last year, at least 25 transgender and gender non-conforming people were known to be killed in the United States alone, three of whom were in Texas: Carla Patricia Flores-Pavón and Nino Fortson, in Dallas, and Nikki Enriquez, in Laredo.

According to the FBI’s most recent statistics, hate crimes are on the rise, with a 17% increase in 2017.

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