- The Washington Times - Saturday, May 7, 2016

Hillary Clinton sent a message of support to a transgender woman who claimed she was assaulted last week on the New York City subway.

Pearl Love uploaded part of the exchange Monday in a Facebook video, on which Mrs. Clinton commented. As it turns out, the Democratic presidential front-runner met Ms. Love last month at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York, ABC News reported.

Ms. Love said in her Facebook post that she was commuting on April 28 to her new job as an outreach social worker for Translatina Network when a women sitting across from her starting yelling profanities and saying how much she hate transgender people.

“I tried to just ignore it as I usually do, but this woman kept going for over five minutes. She was getting louder and more aggressive, so I started recording because I was scared,” Ms. Love told ABC News.

In the video, the woman said, “I’ll fight you right now” and “put the camera down, motherf—,” before getting up from her seat and appearing to slap Ms. Love. The woman appears to grab for Ms. Love’s cellphone right before the video cuts off.

In the comments section of Ms. Love’s video, Mrs. Clinton wrote Thursday: “Pearl, I’m so sorry that you experienced this. The all-too-high prevalence of violence and hatred faced by the transgender community—today, in 2016!—is a rebuke to all of us. Every single person deserves to be safe and live free from discrimination and cruelty, period. And transgender people need to hear from every one of us that you are loved, respected, and deserving of equality under the law. Know that you have my support, and I’m on your side.”

Ms. Love’s video has been viewed more than 250,000 times.

A spokesman for the New York Police Department told ABC News that no formal complaints have been filed with police.

Though many people urged Ms. Love to report the incident, she said she is too busy to make a big deal out of something that happens to her all the time, Mic.com reported.

“That’s just a really small thing that I face every day. I go to a job interview, they look at me like, ‘You’re never going to get a job,’” she said. “I didn’t know that it was that serious until people told me, because I’ve gotten used to it.”

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