Transgender woman attacked on train as riders watch, do nothing in disturbing video

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NEW YORK -- An aggressive subway rider berated a complete stranger aboard a New York City train using homophobic, transphobic and racist slurs – all while others looked on and did nothing.

“When I sat down, I saw the woman in front of me and she keeps talking about me," said Pearl Love, who was on the receiving end of the tirade last Thursday. "All bad things, for 5 minutes.”

The Bronx woman, who identifies as transgender, tried her best to ignore the subway rider, but the verbal attack escalated quickly on the Manhattan-bound No. 4 train.

“She gets even louder and even aggressive and I did not say anything,” she told WPIX. “I don’t even know who she is, she doesn’t know who I am and [finally] then she stood up, got so mad and hit me.”

That’s when the video ends. Love claims the woman continued to assault her, even chasing her at one point.

“No one around me is helping me basically because that’s the way it is,” she said.

“It’s everyday life I mean, [it happens] at least a few times a week.”

A reluctant Love posted the footage of the April 28 incident on Facebook on the advice of friends. It has since been viewed nearly a quarter of a million times.

Incidents like these happen so often, Love says, that she didn’t even consider pressing charges on her attacker.

In 2014, she was the victim of a brutal stabbing. A year later she and a friend were attacked in the East Village. Both times, she said, she was targeted for being transgender.

“So much of that happens [often] that I’m kind of OK [with it] now,” she said. “I think it's good that now I know my rights because I have to learn how to tell people on how to protect themselves.”

A native of Taiwan, Love came to New York nearly 20 years ago, seeking a piece of the American dream.

Harassment and violence are unfortunately part of the daily struggles for her and members of the trans community, like that of finding a job.

“My dream is to just get a job,” an emotional Love told PIX11. “I don’t want to get benefits, I don’t want to get anything.”

“I just want to work, I just want to get my own money and that’s very difficult," she said. "I cannot talk about it because I start to cry.”

As of this report, Love had not filed an official police report on the incident, therefore there is no active criminal investigation.

She did reveal she has more video of the attack that ensued after she got off the train.

However, she has no immediate plans on posting those videos.

She says the main reason why she posted the first video was to educate others on the daily harassment the trans community deals with.


  • bob

    Correction: The Bronx MAN, who identifies as transgender.

    Your gender is determined by your chromosomes.

    I would have said something, and if the bully got physically threatening I would have pulled a gun. However, I will never choose to participate in the “transgender” fad. It’s delusional.


      Actually, you’re wrong. Gender is defined as the social/cultural characteristics that societies assign as masculine or feminine.
      S3X is defined as the biological differences (i.e. chromosomes (like you stated), hormonal profiles etc.) A quick Google search would prove your information to be incorrect.
      Why do you care so much about how another individual lives their life? You seriously feel the need to comment about how much you dislike “the transgender” fad, but it has no direct effect on you. That’s what confuses me…

      • liberalssuck

        No more of an issue than YOU feeling the need to comment on someone commenting on the transgender issue.
        More liberal hypocrisy.Comments are welcome as long as they support the liberal agenda right?
        Gender is defined as your plumbing,sticks out-male,doesn’t stick out female-GET IT?
        You can twist it all you want,but the facts remain just that.

      • Correction

        Liberalssuck is literally comparing gender to plumbing? I’m dying haha. “Sticks out vs doesn’t stick out” – your choice of words is killing me. This story isn’t about whether you agree with “transgenders” – it’s about the assault this woman received. If you are going to be bigoted (like both you and Bob are) at LEAST possess accurate information. Sticking out vs. not isn’t a valid representation of gender nor does it make you seem intelligent.

      • BOB

        We don’t accept your bogus definition. Meantime you don’t say where you fit into the LGBTQQIP2SAA community. You may be confused about where you fit into your community but I suspect you have a pretty good idea which gender you are.

    • Steph

      If you see someone getting harassed and you sit and do nothing about it, you are part of the problem, We should be able to help eachother and stand up for eachother, regardless of what gender, age or nationality that victim is….

    • Correction

      Ok? Hahahh. You had wrong information, I corrected you. You would be all about definitions if they worked in your favor- sadly, the gender comment did not :( gender=social/cultural constructs. Sex=biological characteristics.

  • BOB

    People that are confused about their gender should ask their mother, and if she is unsure than a quick visit to their family doctor should do the trick.

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