Man Said He Was Attacked While Shopping For Being Trans
Zahair Martinez said he was kicked in the face repeatedly, had hot coffee thrown in his eyes, called derogatory names and was threatened, inside the 7-11 on Wood Street in downtown Pittsburgh, because he is transgender.
"I was just going in there to get money from the ATM and I left out bruised up, blood everywhere, blood on my pea coat, blood on my shoes," said Martinez.
Martinez said he was being attacked by seven people at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday Dec. 2, and that bystanders recorded the attack.
"I thought somebody would come to my defense, stop it, call 911 but I'm here by myself so all I do is I go in to a defense mode to defend myself so I start fighting back," said Martinez.
Martinez said he managed to make his way out of the store, where someone noticed his injuries and drove him to the hospital.
Martinez said he recently moved to Pittsburgh, from Florida, because he was told that the city was welcoming to the transgender community. After his attack, he said he is considering moving back.
"I don't want my family to have to come get my body because somebody doesn't agree with how I live my life," said Martinez. "I just want people to know that you don't have to agree with how people live life, black, white, Asian, trans, gay, but I just want to be treated like everybody else."