On June 2nd, 2020 Iyanna Dior was assaulted by a group of men and women at a gas station in Minneapolis, MN. Per Dior’s recounting of events on a Facebook Live, while moving a friend’s car she hit several others on the East side of St. Paul, an area she referred to as a ‘gang area.’ Fearing for her safety after one owner demanded cash from her, she fled to a nearby gas station.
Per her account, the angry owner of the car she hit stated, “I don’t know what your little gay ass is doing” before demanding money. She offered $500.00 if he would allow her to get to the gas station. She said, “I wanted to get to the store because the only thing that’s really running through my mind is: ‘If I’m going to die, I’m going to die on camera,’” she said. “I want people to know actually what happened.”
Another woman punched her in the face, she spit at her and then several men began to assault her. In a video shared on Twitter, Dior can be seen assaulted and attempting to escape the mob before going behind the counter. The shop employees allegedly refused to call the police and and told her, “You’re causing too much drama,”
She escaped with minor injuries, but her story soon went viral. Although there are mixed reports of anti-transgender bias as members of the mob are heard referring to her as “she,” the story is being considered an anti-LGBT hate crime.