Woman Shares Heartbreaking Message After Being Attacked for Looking Like a "Dyke"
This is Brittany Nicole Wallace.
She lives in Salyersville, Kentucky, about 100 miles southwest of Lexington.
According to a Facebook post from Wednesday, Wallace was physically assaulted by an unidentified man who said he would "beat me like the man I was trying to be" and told her she looked like a "dike [sic]."
The post has been set to private, but not before it was shared more than 13,600 times.
Hate violence in America is all too common.
In 2014, 20 people were killed in anti-LGBTQ attacks in the United States. "There is a public perception that there is a sea change for LGBTQ people, and that is true for public opinion of LGBTQ people," Chai Jindasurat, who coordinates programs with NCAVP, told BuzzFeed News. "But it is still dangerous to be LGBTQ in the United States."
Wallace said that although witnesses to the attack didn't help, she's not cowering in the face of hate.
"I will do everything I can to try to put a stop to this hate and violence," Wallace wrote. "I love people and try to help people all the time."