According to Change.org, on Friday, Adrian Leigh Cowan of Baltimore started a petition speaking out in response to a shocking online video of a transgender woman being brutally beaten at a local McDonald’s restaurant.
Adrian shared, “I was moved to start this petition because when I first viewed the video, I was brought to tears. How anyone could stand by and allow this to happen is unfathomable to me.”
More than 30,000 Change.org members had the same reaction, and joined Adrian in signing the petition.
If you would prefer not to watch the video posted by Adrian, you should know what it documents: A 22-year-old transgender woman is pulled out of a McDonald’s bathroom and viciously beaten by two customers. She is punched, knocked to the ground, dragged across the floor by her hair, and kicked in the face until she appears to experience a seizure.
Instead of coming to this woman’s assistance, one McDonald’s employee filmed the assault while others can be heard cheering the assailants on as they attack the victim. After the brutal incident, the video was posted to the Internet, where an employee bragged that the assault was OK because the victim “was a man dressed like a woman.”