Trans woman charged with hate after New York City pepper spray attacks

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A trans woman of color was charged for multiple hate crime felonies following a series of pepper spray attacks in NYC last weekend (10 March).

New York Police Department (NYPD) arrested Tasha Heard in connection with at least two separate attacks.

Though, police are allegedly questioning her about several other similar incidents, NBC News reported.

What happened?

In one alleged incident, Heard is accused of approaching a white couple in their 50s on Friday afternoon.

While shopping in the Bronx, she reportedly informed the couple and ‘sprayed a substance in their face,’ an NYPD spokesperson stated.

Similarly, the other alleged incident also occurred in the Bronx.

‘The defendant approached a 30-year-old male and a 24-year-old female, asked them if they were white and displayed a sharp object causing fear.

‘The female victim was sprayed in the face with an unknown substance causing redness, burning and discomfort.’

Police told NBC New York that Heard pepper-sprayed six other white people in Manhattan.

Five at a subway stop in Harlem and one at a nearby subway stop on the Upper West Side.

‘She maced me and kept walking’

Joshua Smith, one of those alleged victims, said the suspect never said a word when she pepper-sprayed him near subway stop on 125th Street in Harlem.

‘She held the mace directly to my eye and sprayed it in my eye,’ Smith told NBC New York.

‘She just walked up to me, like literally walked up, maced me and kept walking.’

Moreover, the substance ‘lights your whole face on fire, your sinuses, your throat feels like it’s closing up,’ he explained.

‘What are you looking at?’

In 2015, NYPD investigated an incident in which a trans woman was pushed into an incoming subway train in Greenwich Village.

The woman was on the platform awaiting a southbound 6 train at Bleeker Street when she was approached by a man.

The man asked her, ‘What are you looking at?’ before pushing her.

See also

New York City police investigate a trans woman’s death as a hate crime

Gay man and trans woman suing Burger King over employee ‘hate crime attack’

New York activists plan rally for transgender woman who died from head injuries in a hate crime

Author: Josh Milton

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WATCH: NYC subway station bursts into spontaneous party after Robyn gig

Happy fans dancing to LGBTI pop icon, Robyn's Dancing On My Own, in Penn Station, New York City

Belting ‘Dancing On My Own,’ it was safe to say nobody on the E train at Penn Station was dancing on their own when the train burst into dance.

Following a Robyn concert at Madison Square Gardens last weekend (9 March), subway commuters at the midtown station burst into a spontaneous dance party.

The Swedish singer herself even posted about the after-party.

She wrote: ‘I’m overwhelmed. Someone just posted this video and I can’t believe the love in this subway station. Thank you New York.’

‘I’m right over there, why can’t you see me?’

The platform for the E train on 34th Street/Penn station was rammed with devoted dancers and passionate singers.

Many commuters the opposing platforms recorded the dance routine.

So, while Robyn chirped about her beau not seeing her across the crowded club floor, it’s safe to say all of New York saw these fans dancing altogether.

We’re hoping they brought the Robyn tunes across the E train, from the World Trade Centre in Manhattan to Jamaica Center-
Parson in Queens.

Eight years coming

Robyn’s gig at the Gardens, between 7th and 8th Avenues from 31st to 33rd Streets, was a long time coming.

No wonder fans cut some shapes while waiting on their train home, considering the singer dropper her first single adder eight years only just last year.

Similarly, the song, Missing U, was all about the feelings of, well, missing someone.

Robyn’s last albums, Body Talk Part One and Two, came out in 2010. That was the last time she had any new singles as well.

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Robyn says she will release a new album this year

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Author: Josh Milton

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Brooklyn BDSM dungeon owner accuses angry neighbor of ‘kink shaming’

The Taillor group, an intersectional BDSM collective, is being forced to move out of their Bed-Stuy neighborhood

The owner of a BDSM club in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn is feuding with her neighbor.

What happened?

The Taillor Group, owned by Charlotte Taillor, is a feminist kink and fetish space that also offers free self-defense classes. They opened in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood back in January. However, due to pressure from religious neighbors, The Taillor Group is currently raising money to move to a new location.

‘We are being terribly harassed and kink shamed by a (very religious) neighbor at our newest space and we need to run away and relocate as soon as possible,’ a pop-up on their website reads.

News of The Taillor Group’s opening was first reported when flyers distributed misidentified the space as a ‘gentlemen’s club’ and urged residents to complain to the community board as well as the local police department.

‘No, we’re a kink space, we’re a feminist collective,’ Charlotte Taillor told Gothamist. ‘We don’t even call men gentlemen here… they’re on their knees.’

According to Gothamist, the Department of Buildings has received several complaints about the space since it opened.

On 9 February, Tallior attended the local block association meeting in an attempt to make amends and seek compromise. However, the religious neighbor didn’t want to hear it.

‘We tried so hard to respect her block, be nice to her block,’ Taillor explained to Gothamist. ‘[The neighbor] just wants us to leave, which I want to. I have no interest in being at a place where we’re not cherished, you know?’

The Notes

Taillor has since set up a fundraising page to help with moving costs. But things quickly escalated after Taillor put a note on her neighbor’s door informing her of the upcoming move.

‘We have no intentions of remaining on the block if our stay is creating problems for you or anyone else,’ the note, attained by Gothamist, reads. ‘We are going to move.’

‘Please stop harassing us – we are currently arranging the move and any time we spend handling harassment only slows that process down.’

‘In order to work on the move, we need you to stop engaging in the activities you have been doing, including: please stop harassing people as they enter and exit our apartment and other on the street. Please stop recording us or taking our picture. Please stop filing complaints. Please stop going through our garbage. Please stop circulating flyers.’

‘We feel attacked and unsafe,’ Taillor stated, before including the number to her attorney.

The neighbor replied with her own note, telling Taillor to ‘never come on [their] property again.’

The neighbor refuted each claim in Taillor’s letter, claiming they wanted ‘nothing to do’ with Taillor or her clients.

‘It’s been terrifying,’ Taillor told Patch. ‘Everyone has cried over this.’ She mentioned that many of her employees have been scared away by the harassment and threats.

The Meeting

On 6 March, members of a block association at Quincy Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant met in the basement of Macedonia Church of Christ to voice their concerns. Taillor, accompanied by her lawyer, attended the meeting and pleaded with the group to stop their complaints. She mentioned that it cost her $100,000 [€88,972] to move to the block in January and as a ‘mom and pop’ business, they don’t have the funds to relocate immediately.

The main concern many residents voiced was the fact Taillor was operating a business on a residential block.

The Neighbor

Laurie Miller, the religious neighbor living next door to Taillor, called the meeting.

‘If it was a meth lab I’d be just as upset,’ Miller told Gothamist. ‘Because bringing these transient, nefarious-looking guys into the community that aren’t part of the community but coming in to do whatever they want to do and then bounce? They have no vested interest in the quality of life in this community.’

‘She’s against everything we are, from queer to kink to sex-positive and body-positive,’ Taillor said of Miller. ‘And the whole sexual liberation movement? She is not down with it.’

See Also:

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UK government will relax rules and allow bondage and fetish porn

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Author: Rafaella Gunz

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