Transgender Man Slashed in Subway Attack
Couple targeted early in the morning on a train from Times Square
BY TAT BELLAMY-WALKER
A transgender man and
his wife were slashed
on the subway after a
hurled anti-LGBTQ slurs at the
Khleo Finnie, 23, and his partner,
who has not been named, were
on a 2 train from Times Square at
2 a.m. on June 4 when Troy Tyrell,
54, repeatedly called the individuals
“f—-t” and said “God don’t like
this,” according to the New York
Daily News. Finnie allegedly revealed
a knife to the perpetrator
during the hateful rant, and a fi ght
began over the weapon, the NYPD
said. Once the assailant had the
knife, he allegedly slashed Finnie
in the arm and Finnie’s wife above
“He was saying these things,
and he was coming towards us,”
A transgender man and his wife were attacked on a subway train from Times Square on June 4.
Finnie’s wife, 23, told the New York
Daily News. “He kicked my husband
in the face.”
As Finnie’s wife tried to break
up the fi ght, she was slashed in
the eye, the NYPD said. Finnie was
arrested and charged with menacing
in the second degree, while
Tyrell has been charged with a
hate crime and criminal possession
of a deadly weapon.
In the hours leading up to the
attack, Finnie had returned from
visiting transphobic family members
in South Carolina, according
to the New York Daily News. Finnie
intended to work for his brother’s
construction company, but his
family rejected him from the position
because he is trans.
“He was going to save up some
money, and I was going to go down
there with him,” Finnie’s partner
told the New York Daily News. “It
didn’t work out. His family still
doesn’t accept his lifestyle. His
brother said he wouldn’t even be
able to go outside the way he is because
This incident comes against a
wave of anti-trans legislation and
deadly violence targeting transgender
individuals in the US.
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