A 31-year-old transgender woman named Julia was attacked in Paris by several men while trying to get on the metro, and it was caught on video.
The video has sparked some activists to speak against the transphobic attitudes in Paris, according to the New York Times. Julia referenced these attitudes, saying this wasn’t the first time she was discriminated against for being transgender, but it was the first time she was a victim of physical assault.
“One of them looked at me and said, ‘You’re a man,’” she said, according to the Times.“He did not want to allow me to pass.”
Julia didn’t want to speak out against the attackers at first, but after receiving support on social media, she says it has helped her to raise awareness for transgender issues in France.