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Attack Leaves Trans Performer's Face Partially Paralyzed

Trans Performer Severely Beaten Outside LoDo Bar

Unknown assailants beat a trans woman outside a Denver bar in the early hours of Sunday, leaving her face partially paralyzed.

Denver Police seek help in identifying suspects who beat performer Amber Nicole, according to Denver's CBS affiliate.

Nicole, who also goes by Dom James, was harassed and then attacked as she left the Tavern Lodo, she told police. The beating left her with a broken jaw and nerve damage on the right side of her face.

“We’re just out trying to live our lives and have fun with our peers, be with our friends, just live our lives and people just can’t seem to see us that way,” Nicole told the news station.

Cell phone video shows Nicole covered in blood when she went to a car where her friend was waiting to pick her up. The video also shows numerous individuals walking by without helping.

“There’s so many people who can see an incident and stop it or do something about it, or make a report about it, but nobody does and I don’t understand why,” she said. “It feels like it’s because I’m different.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up to cover hospital bills.

“This hate crime has shaken Amber and her closest friends and family,” the page reads. “It should shake the entire community. We MUST stand for our trans sister.”

The page, which describes Nicole as a “beloved trans performer and Denver socialite with a heart of gold," seeks to raise $13,000.

Police encourage anybody who was near Tavern Lodo the night of the attack to contact investigators.

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