A black transgender woman was beaten by a crowd of men, according to early reports on social media.
The victim has been identified as Iyanna Dior, and people posting a video of the attack to Twitter say that the aggression occurred this past Monday.
The video, which does not show what led up to the attack, shows a woman being beaten by at least a dozen men at a store. She is pushed out of the store by the crowd but worked her way back in and hid behind the cashier’s counter.
“You gotta come out,” someone in the crowd yelled. Then a man went behind the counter and pulled her out.
At least one person referred to Dior with “fa***t ass” in the chaotic video that has been viewed 1.8 million times so far.
“Iyanna Dior, a black trans woman, was beaten yesterday by a crowd of over 30 people over a fender bender,” wrote activist and author Hope Giselle in a tweet.
Content warning: The video shows graphic violence.
Iyanna Dior a black trans woman was beaten yesterday by a crowd of over 30 people over a fender bender. Black men I don’t have it in me to write a long post cishet Black women i don’t have it In me to reprimand you all either. DO BETTER #allblacklivesmatter pic.twitter.com/SmKutbPGbi
— HopeGiselle (@HopeDisguised) June 2, 2020
Dior wrote on Facebook that she is “OK” after the attack, suffering only minor injuries.
“I Just Need Some Time To Process Everything That’s Going On Thanks To Everyone Reaching Out Making Sure I’m Ok ❤️ Imma Talk Real Soon,” she wrote in a post.
On Twitter, people denounced the attack.
The beating of Iyanna Dior is heartbreaking for so many reasons. We’re literally in the street decrying the violence against Black bodies. These men could’ve been doing that, but they decided to side with the structures that seek to harm us by doing the work for them. #iyannadior pic.twitter.com/Uen8Ge0eiN
— Faith Uncut (@faith_uncut) June 3, 2020
Her name is #IyannaDior &
she’s been subjected to transmisogynoiristic violence.
Remember that as we are fighting to abolish police we are fighting to abolish gender policing!
If you know how we can directly support her DM us https://t.co/vnuH29dmzN
— BlackTransFutures (@BlkTransFutures) June 2, 2020
Iyanna Dior is a young black transwoman who was beaten up by a huge crowd of men. In the middle of a protest for black lives. Black lives still matter when you’re trans. Its the start of Pride. We need to do better. We see you and stand with you Iyanna. #BLACKTRANSLIVESMATTER pic.twitter.com/TjIzwe4f4m
— Jameela Jamil 🌈 (@jameelajamil) June 3, 2020
Others shared her ID on Cash App ($NajaBabiie) so that people can help her with medical bills and other expenses.
— Drebae💎 (@Drebae_) June 3, 2020