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NYPD Searches for Man Who Called Woman 'Dyke' and Broke Her Spine

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The search is on for a man who allegedly assaulted a woman on the subway because he saw another woman kiss her on the cheek. 

The New York City Police Department is searching for a man who allegedly called a woman a "dyke" before punching her so hard he fractured her spine. The man, who was traveling from Queens on the Manhattan-bound E train November 30, was triggered when he saw another woman kiss the victim on the cheek, Gothamist reports.

Following the kiss on the cheek, the assailant and the victim began to argue, and as she stepped away, he came up behind her, punched her in the head, and shoved her to floor of the train, where she hit her head, according to reports from the NYPD. The assailant then fled the scene at the next stop at Forest Hills-71st Avenue.

The woman was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where she was treated for a fractured spine, according to Gothamist.

New York City's Hate Crime Task Force is investigating the incident. Anyone with information is being urged to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or, for Spanish, (888) 57-PISTA (74782).

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Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.
Tracy E. Gilchrist is the VP, Executive Producer of Entertainment for the Advocate Channel. A media veteran, she writes about the intersections of LGBTQ+ equality and pop culture. Previously, she was the editor-in-chief of The Advocate and the first feminism editor for the 55-year-old brand. In 2017, she launched the company's first podcast, The Advocates. She is an experienced broadcast interviewer, panel moderator, and public speaker who has delivered her talk, "Pandora's Box to Pose: Game-changing Visibility in Film and TV," at universities throughout the country.