Woman brutally beaten after suspect learns she’s transgender; San Antonio PD says no hate crime

How could this not be a hate crime?

A male suspect brutally beat a woman in San Antonio after learning she was transgender, KENS Channel 5 reports. The story doesn’t provide much detail, but police told KENS the suspect and the victim had an “arrangement” and that he expected to “have a good time with her.” But after he learned she was transgender, he beat her badly in the face and dumped her off outside an apartment complex, where she knocked on a door begging for help.

Texas’ hate crimes law includes “sexual preference” but NOT gender identity. However, the new federal hate crimes law passed last year does protect transgender people and presumably could be used in this case. If the man beat the victim because she is transgender and not cisgender, then yeah, we’d say that’s a hate crime. Let’s get with it, San Antonio police.

—  John Wright