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Vaishalee Raja, Communications Director
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Equality California Condemns Brutal Assault of Transgender Woman

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Police Department is searching for a suspect who brutally assaulted a transgender woman, in what could be a hate-based crime. A transgender woman was brutally kicked in the face and struck in the head with a bottle near the corner of La Brea Avenue and Sunset Boulevard. She was left with a broken jaw. Police are still investigating the incident, which occurred earlier in the month, but are now seeking information from the public.

"This vicious crime is a sad reminder of the violence transgender individuals face far too often," said Geoff Kors, Equality California Executive Director. "No one should ever fear for his or her safety because of one's gender identity. As Equality California continues to fight for full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Californians, among our top priorities will be to help prevent anti-LGBT bias-crimes and continuing to advocate for strong rights and protections for transgender community members."

Anyone with information is asked to call the LAPD Wilshire Division's Major Assault Crimes Section at (213) 922-8268 or anonymously contact "Crime stoppers" at 800-222-8477.

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