From The Baltimore Sun: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-mcdonalds-beating-20110423,0,3336656.story
Transsexual woman called attack ‘hate crime,’ has been afraid to be seen in public
By Jill Rosen,
The Baltimore Sun6:40 p.m. EDT, April 23, 2011
A transsexual woman brutally beaten at a Baltimore County McDonald’s spoke out on Saturday, saying that the attack was “definitely a hate crime” and that she’s been afraid to leave the house ever since.
“They said, ‘That’s a dude, that’s a dude and she’s in the female bathroom,'” said Chrissy Lee Polis, who’s 22 and says she stopped at the Rosedale restaurant to use the restroom. “They spit in my face.”
A worker at the restaurant taped Monday’s attack and created a graphic video that eventually went viral on Friday. After the video garnered hundreds of thousands of views on websites, McDonald’s issued a statement condemning the incident and on Saturday, fired the worker that taped it.
The video shows two women — one of them a 14-year-old girl — repeatedly kicking and punching Polis in the head as an employee and a patron try to intervene. Others can be heard laughing, and men are seen standing idly by.
Toward the end of the video, one of the suspects lands a punishing blow to the victim’s head, and Polis appears to have a seizure. A man’s voice tells the women to run because police are coming.
It’s not the first time, Polis said, that she’s been picked on — physically — because of her sexual preferences. She said she’s been subjected to beatings and even sexual assaults.
She says seeing herself all over the Internet and all over the news has been “like walking out of the closet all over again.” Polis, who says she had a sex change operation to become a woman, is concerned that the public attention this has brought her could trigger more violence — and worries it could hurt her chances of getting a job. “I want to cry but I need to hold my head up,” she said.