A man charged with a hate crime for the bus stop beating of a transgender woman pleaded not guilty to the charge on Thursday.
Daniel Patrick Woodward is charged with malicious harassment in connection with the incident at the bus stop at NW Market St. and 15th Ave. NW on May 30.
According to charging documents, Woodward approached the victim, who was dressed as a woman and identifies as one, punched and kicked him, called him a derogatory term for homosexual and said, “You ought to die and go to hell!”
A witness also heard disparaging comments related to the victim’s gender or sexual orientation and told police it was clear Woodward was attacking the victim because she was transgender, charging documents say.
Make up your mind, KOMO. Are you going to live in reality and respect the victim for who she is? Or, are you going to aid and abet the trans-basher with Lou Sheldon-style media nonsense?