Trans Woman Bombed In Northern Ireland

A transgender woman in Northern Ireland was the target of a bombing because of her gender identity. Rachel Keys, a 27-year-old living in Derry/Londonderry, was asleep Saturday night when a pipe bomb left on her windowsill exploded, spraying her with glass.

Keys and her neighbors were evacuated to a community center, where they spent the night. Keys pointed out that this isn’t just a crime against her, but that it affects her community: “One of my neighbours is epileptic and I was really worried about her not being able to get her medication. Another neighbour has a child who is autistic, another is a pensioner. It was awful for them. Just awful.”

Keys and the police are clear that the bombing was motivated by Keys’ gender identity, with the police stating that they are treating it “as a sectarian hate crime.” Northern Ireland has been the site of ongoing conflict between Protestant and Catholic citizens based on political and religious concerns. Thankfully, no one was hurt in this bombing.


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