A transgender woman told police that she was raped Saturday night inside the bathroom at NYC’s historic gay bar Stonewall Inn.
The 25-year-old told police she went into the bar’s single occupancy unisex bathroom at around 11:40, when a man who said he needed to wash his hands, walked in behind her. He then allegedly groped and raped her, before fleeing.
The woman then left the Christopher Street bar and returned an hour later, according to an NYPD spokesman. The victim then called 911 and was taken to a nearby hospital.
The NYPD confirmed that the department’s sixth precinct is investigating the incident but no arrests had been made as of yesterday morning.
Members of the New York City Council Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Caucus said in a statement Monday,
“We are outraged by reports of a sexual assault that occurred at the Stonewall Inn late Saturday evening. We applaud the NYPD for its swift action in seeking the suspect and urge anyone with information about this crime to come forward immediately.”
The Stonewall Inn, of course, was the site of the ’69 protest that gave birth to the LGBT rights movement. It was declared a New York City landmark last year.
(Photo illustration, The Daily Beast; via BuzzFeed)