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activists rally in Hartford

activists rally in Hartford

Activists and supporters rallied Sunday in Hartford, Conn., to protest hate crimes against transgender people.

In recognition of the seventh annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, more than 50 activists and their supporters gathered in Hartford, Conn., on Sunday evening to protest recent hate crimes against transgender women in the city and across the nation. On October 30 two women were verbally and physically assaulted in Hartford's south end, News Channel 8 reported. Last month two transgender women were severely beaten there. One suffered a crushed sternum, and the other had a broken cheekbone. Police described the incident as a hate crime.

Speakers at the event asked that the criminals be brought to justice. Some accused the Hartford Police Department of a slow response to the crimes. Others said the victims were treated poorly by officers. "So many people are murdered within the transgender community, and the murders are going unseen," Jerimarie Liesegang, director of the TransAdvocacy Coalition, told Channel 8. "It is important that we get visibility and police take it seriously."

City leaders and representatives from the Hartford Police Department countered that the crimes were being taken very seriously. (

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