A 32 year old woman, Kristen Boyne, was assaulted on her way to the Rainbow Foods grocery store on Thursday, January 22 by two men using derogatory slurs about Kristen’s sexuality. Kristen survived the attack with a severe concussion and was treated at Hennepin County Medical Center and later released.
This is the first such hate crime in recent memory for the Uptown area of Minneapolis, a generally progressive neighborhood. The surprise of the community is due to the breach of the “safety” bubble many in gay communities have built. We now have “gayborhoods” and LGBT districts where we feel safe. This crime shows that even within the safety of the “walls” we’ve created, we are not safe.
Police are asking for help in solving this crime. If you have any information, please contact Sgt. Bruce Kohn at 612-673-2941.