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Attack on NYC Trans Woman Sparks Outrage From Mayor, Governor


A transgender woman was assaulted on the New York City subway Friday night, drawing responses from Bill de Blasio, the city's mayor, and Andrew Cuomo, New York's governor.

Serena Daniari, a 26-year-old journalist, was traveling on a southbound C train in Harlem when a man and woman harassed and assaulted her, New York City's ABC affiliate reports. The man slapped and spit on Daniari, while the woman knocked Daniari's phone out of her hand.

Police later arrested the male suspect in New Jersey, with plans to return him to New York. The female suspect remains at large.

Thankfully, Daniari wasn't seriously injured. She took to Twitter after the attack to express dismay and to plead with transphobes to leave her alone.

Daniari later thanked her well-wishers and said she would avoid speaking to the media until after the New York Police Department finished its investigation.

Both de Blasio and Cuomo tweeted out messages of support to Daniari and all trans people who face constant threats in public. Daniari thanked the politicians for their words.

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