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Transgender Woman Involved In Baltimore Attack Speaks Out

The transgender woman who was brutally attacked by two teenage girls in a McDonald's restaurant in Baltimore on Monday is now speaking out. In a video interview with the Baltimore Sun, Chrissy Lee Polis says that the attack has left her fearful of going outside of her home. She also expressed an interest in finding the older woman who helped put a stop to the assault and so she could thank her in person.

Watch the interview, AFTER THE JUMP.


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  1. God bless her. The girls should be arrested and all the employees should be fired.

    But, they attacked Crissy because of jealously and insecurities, not because of her being transgendered. I don't think the incident was a hate crime. And Crissy is attractive too.

    Posted by: Mel Smith | Apr 23, 2011 11:01:58 PM

  2. Close this fuckin' McDonalds down and throw those evil girls in prison. They don't need to be free another day.

    Posted by: hephaestion | Apr 23, 2011 11:03:56 PM

  3. And if Crissy was an attractive born female, white or black, those girls likely would have attacked her too. I don't see this as being a transgendered thing or a race situation.

    Posted by: Mel Smith | Apr 23, 2011 11:15:02 PM

  4. She's very beautiful. It's sad this had to happen and she can't go on with living her life without this event documented permanently on the internet. I think trying to parse whether this was based on race or transgender issues obscures that this was a severe and absurd act of violence, regardless.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Apr 23, 2011 11:29:50 PM

  5. the hags that beat her need to be arrested for hate crimes and the employees should all be fired and a lawsuit against mcdonalds for allowing this to happen.

    Posted by: curtis | Apr 24, 2011 12:47:05 AM

  6. Actually ignoring that this was based on transphobia obscures the full extent of the violence, not the other way around. If you do not think there was a message to the violence and the lack of intervention, you must have ignored the previous post. The McD employee who filmed it had wrote

    "That Was Not A Female That Was Getting Beat Up....That Was A Man....He Was Dressed Lik A Woman...And He Was In Tha Females Bathroom Knowing He Was A Man....And When Told To Get Out Tha ladies Bathroom He Got Smart With Everybody So Tha Two Girls Beat Him Up"

    Posted by: AI | Apr 24, 2011 12:48:44 AM

  7. Good points Al. Each girl should be charged with a hate crime, and the employees involved should be terminated.

    Posted by: Mel Smith | Apr 24, 2011 1:06:43 AM

  8. First off, what a pretty girl, especially inside. Her mentioning the older lady and wanted to thank her in person says volumes about the good inside of her.

    The guy filming, and thank goodness fired, needs to be indicted as well. The message should be sent out that it is a CRIME to instill violence against anyone.

    Posted by: FunMe | Apr 24, 2011 1:43:01 AM

  9. No wonder she is fearful. I too think she looks pretty. I never eat at McD anyway but this is one more reason not to. How could McD allow this to go this far?

    Posted by: Matt26 | Apr 24, 2011 3:31:42 AM

  10. I want to bring up how disgusting the people just sitting there watching are. THEN warning the girls to run away because the cops are coming? Every single person in that McDonald's who did nothing should be brought up on charges. And every employee should be fired. This type of blatant disregard for human life is absolutely disgusting and should be punishable by law.

    Posted by: AJ | Apr 24, 2011 3:59:12 AM

  11. Mel Smith, I was wondering what you were smoking with your comments about this nitbbeing about transphobia. Did you even BOTHER to read the article before you belittled this womens experience and said it was just cause 'she was pretty?'.

    Have you seen what the girls who beat her look like? Do you know something that we don't?


    Posted by: Rowan | Apr 24, 2011 6:00:04 AM

  12. nittbeing should be 'not being'. Urgh, the iPad!

    Posted by: Rowan | Apr 24, 2011 6:01:19 AM

  13. Honey, get a gun.

    Posted by: Max | Apr 24, 2011 6:48:49 AM

  14. I agree 100%, AJ. Every person who did nothing to help should be ID'd publicly. Every employee who did nothing should be fired and blacklisted. Of course, the two girls should be brought up on charges. And, if possible, the manager also for allowing this attack to happen without appropriate intervention. Hopefully there is a lawsuit coming after this lax non-attempt at helping Chrissy.

    What you have to ask is, what creates people into becoming so angry and so volatile like this? And to snap so quickly because supposedly Chrissy was "talking to her man". How inhumane can a person be?

    Posted by: Francis | Apr 24, 2011 7:44:46 AM

  15. Just to bring out some positivity: She´s so cute. I want he to be my best friend! :)

    Posted by: Matty | Apr 24, 2011 7:58:04 AM

  16. I have to say that I was extremely disappointed with the censorship of posters' comments about this case on the other thread. I think it's counter-productive of Towleroad to censor. It would have been better to let people freely have their say and then let others respond. This is the best way of dealing with comments that might be based on hate or prejudice.

    Posted by: brian | Apr 24, 2011 8:21:35 AM

  17. I have a deep respect for transgender men and women; the courage and self-awareness it must take to embrace oneself in the face of the stigma and hate that pervades society is humbling.

    Posted by: Kile Ozier | Apr 24, 2011 8:27:45 AM

  18. I agree with Brian. Andy Towle's stated decision to censor comments, specifically comments that broach the issue of race, is deplorable. I suspect that people who are so completely wigged out by any talk about race in anti-gay, anti-trans crimes probably have their own issues with race that they don't want to deal with.

    The blunt reality -- and Andy will probably make sure this comment doesn't last too long on this thread -- is that of all categories of race and religion in America, the African-American community is by far the most violently homophobic, especially poor and working-class African-Americans. Rather than censoring the acknowledgement of this reality, wouldn't it be better to bring it to the light of day so we can begin to deal with it?

    Posted by: Jerry | Apr 24, 2011 8:58:50 AM

  19. As I have said many times before in these comment threads, I like to make them an open forum where all can comment. Unfortunately, threads are often hijacked by flame wars, race-baiting, and trolls who come solely to create their own, many times off-topic conversation.

    I agree that the topics of race, trans, and hate are worthy subjects of discussion.

    Unfortunately, some people who come to that discussion are unable to broach the topic without inflicting pain and insults on others who might otherwise feel comfortable contributing or reading and end up creating a hostile forum for all involved. Any removal of comments would be for the reasons stated above.

    I'm sorry that I don't have a full time person to monitor all 23,000 posts on this site to keep them free of that kind of hate and vitriol so that's why I rely on folks to flag me when this is happening.

    @Jerry - I find it more deplorable to provide a forum for those who would attack others (and I realize, it happens here and has slipped by me, for the manpower reasons stated above, and I regret it). The trouble often is there is often a fine line in discussion of these issues between substantive debate and hate-mongering. And also certainly a subjective view of what is and what isn't. I am trying to be better about monitoring it.

    I would encourage everyone to try to be civil and think of others before posting. Thanks.

    Posted by: Andy Towle | Apr 24, 2011 9:48:54 AM

  20. Does anybody know the neighborhood this occurred in? If so, what kind of neighborhood is it? Is there prostitution in the area?

    She DID NOT deserve to be assaulted like that. But [yes, there's a but]....I can't help but feel info that would further clarify what occurred is being left out.

    The girls will obviously receive multiple charges including presumably civil rights violations. The people who stood, watched, and recorded are a different story. Some states have so-called good samaritan laws, but I doubt this applies here. I don't think any of them can be charged with a crime. They can and undoubtedly will be fired, but big deal. It's a McDonald's job! And chew on this: those fired specifically because of this incident could file a civil suit for wrongful termination claiming they followed company policy [no doubt it's call 911 and don't get involved]. She can also civilly sue McD's, so this could end up being a big payday for her and possibly, ironically, the fired employees!

    BTW: Is 'She' legally considered female? This matters.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 24, 2011 10:20:11 AM

  21. Andy Towle's actions regarding posts is right... those blasting him for monitoring the posts are probably those that just want to throw flames and hate anyhow. This site is not about that, the contribution area is for comments and opinions, not misdirected and wanton hate... people need to learn to differentiate between the two.

    What a terrible thing to happen to Chrissy, I am glad that she is recovered (though it is appalling that she still has those mental and emotional scars to deal with).

    Those two awful girls that attacked her should be incarcerated. No-one deserves what happened to Chrissy to be done to them, and people that commit those kinds of crimes have no business being free on the street.

    Thankfully that McD employee that filmed the attack while not helping at all has also been fired... hearing his comments while he was filming was infuriating. the older woman in the scene was the only hero... the guy that half-heartedly tried to defend Chrissy can be commended for his attempts, but they were feeble and ineffective.

    The rest of the customers and employees that stood by and watched, should not escape criticism either. The employees should be fired and those other customers hopefully will carry the shame of having done nothing for the rest of their lives.

    Sadly, many people are so desensitized and dull, they probably don't think they did anything wrong by doing absolutely nothing.... some people are so damn disappointing and depressing.

    Thank heavens there are those that actually inspire us and lead us to higher visions of ourselves, or it would be hard to find a reason to save mankind from itself!

    Posted by: CKNJ | Apr 24, 2011 10:47:33 AM

  22. Andy, you generally let people have their say.

    There is a difference between attacking the liberal quandary of black racism/homophobia and throwing the n-word around as if one kind of racism justifies another. I have seen some truly disgusting racial comments about this video on other sites that I have not seen here.

    It's a rare treat to have a very necessary (and heated) discussion on the Internet without unnecessary racial slurs.

    Posted by: Max | Apr 24, 2011 10:51:02 AM

  23. I watched the video of the beating on JoeMyGod and an ad popped up...

    So, who is earning that money & do they/should they have the right to keep it?

    Proceeds from criminal acts should automatically benefit ONLY the victims.

    Posted by: Pete n SFO | Apr 24, 2011 11:06:43 AM

  24. Although I am always wary of any kind of censorship, any civil discussion of race or homophobia deserves to be debated. Is it out of the bounds of reasonable discourse to perhaps question the motives of the two attackers, whether it is race-based, trans-phobia, homophobia or other reasons? If one does not use racial or other epitaphs in the discussion should they be censored? There are some real issues regarding the attack on this young, trans-gendered person. They deserve to be aired, civilly, of course.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Apr 24, 2011 11:10:06 AM

  25. Good for her for speaking out. She kind of looks like Sweet Dee from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

    Posted by: Jane Roe | Apr 24, 2011 11:26:40 AM

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