Yesterday, Dec. 20, Arianna Lint, transgender activist and founder of TransLatina Coalition, was attacked in her Fort Lauderdale home by an unknown assailant.
She suffered a broken arm as well as cuts and bruising. SFGN spoke to her shortly before she was scheduled to undergo surgery for her arm. Lint said the man who attacked her was there to install a television on her wall. He attacked her while she was distracted. She said police are investigating the crime but she’s not sure if it was motivated by hate or some other reason.
“I have a lot of people who aren’t happy with the services I provide to the transgender community,” said Lint.
She also said she’s very grateful for the outpouring of support she’s received from the LGBT community. “I’m feeling very blessed from the support I’ve received from the community and other agencies. They bring me lunch, talk to me on Facebook, and comfort me.”
According to the Human Rights Campaign, 2017 was a particularly violent year for transgender individuals – 28 were fatally shot or killed by other violent means. “As HRC continues to work toward justice and equality for transgender people, we mourn those we have lost,” wrote HRC in the statement announcing the deaths.