Transgender woman stabbed, beaten at Post Bar

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — A Dearborn transgender resident told police she was stabbed and beaten at a west end bar July 28.

Courtney Purvis said she was a victim of hate after she was assaulted at Post Bar, 22065 Michigan Ave.

Once at the scene, officers spoke with the victim who said another bar patron made derogatory remarks about her and an argument ensued.

Purvis and her sister along with others involved were outside in the patio area when the attack occurred just before 2 a.m..

Purvis said she was stabbed in the back and struck in the face with a glass bottle.

Purvis posted a video on her Facebook of the aftermath showing the blood on the left side of her face. It has been viewed more than 132,000 times since it was posted on July 27.

“Trans lives matter too,” she said in the video. “I don’t know why they attacked me like this.”

The video is available at www.facebook.com/courtney.purvis.54/videos/vb.100002994111758/927098824066579/?type=2&theater.

She was treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries and released.

“I am asking anyone with information to please come forward and assist us in this investigation,” Police Chief Ronald Haddad said. “It’s important that we gather all the facts to determine what happened and to ensure that the perpetrator is held responsible.”

Police are currently investigating the incident and are asking anyone with information to call 800-773-2587 to leave an anonymous tip.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)

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