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Gender-nonconforming Brooklyn resident hit in head with metal pipe in hate crime attack



A gender-nonconforming Brooklyn resident was beaten in the head with a pipe by a pair of grinning teen strangers in a hate-fueled attack, police said Wednesday.

The 33-year-old victim was sitting on their stoop in East Williamsburg when the two young men, one riding a push scooter, rolled up about 5 p.m. May 13 and shouted a flurry of anti-LGBTQ slurs, cops said.

One of the teens grabbed a metal pipe and struck the victim in the head with it.

Both teens ran off but not before they were caught on surveillance cameras grinning as they fled the scene near Boerum St. and Bushwick Ave.

The victim suffered a bruise to the head but declined medical attention, cops said.

The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident.

Gender nonconforming people do not follow ideas or stereotypes about how they should look or act based on the female or male sex they were assigned at birth, according to the Sylvia Rivera Law Project.

Police on Wednesday released surveillance footage of the two suspects and asked the public’s help identifying them and tracking them down.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.

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