Two transgender women who beat up and stamped on a teenager who mocked them say they’re fed up with transphobia in Britain.
Tamzin Lush, 29, and Tylah Bryan, 24, were caught attacking the teen on video footage outside a London Tube station which sent shockwaves around the country.
They drop-kicked 19-year-old Al Shabeeb after he taunted them, saying: “You need a fanny to be a woman.”
The women, together with a third transgender woman Amarnih Lewis-Daniel, walked free from court after a judge granted them leniency.
Tamzin and Tylah, who admitted violent disorder, were handed 12-month community orders plus a six-month curfew.
Tylah’s sister Hannah, 26, who tried to break up the fight, also admitted one count causing fear or provocation of violence.
Now, the women have spoken out about the incident and their punishments and admitted, “we took it too far” and that their actions were “entirely wrong” after they reacted violently after being spurred on by alcohol.
Tamzin and Tylah now say they face transphobic abuse every day, and although they regret their actions they say the victim’s abuse was “extreme”.
Tylah, from Barking, said: “You get people that make passing comments and by the time they’ve said anything, they’re gone – they keep walking. We were telling him to jog on and leave us alone.
“This guy was adamant to let us know his beliefs and it wasn’t just a passing comment.
“We got frustrated and it led to us going too far. It was an instant regret. I held my hands up straight away. We took it too far.
“We had too much to drink, if we hadn’t drunk so much we would have been able to defuse the situation.”
The court heard Tamzin had “drop-kicked” the teenager inside Leicester Square tube station with the subsequent assault filmed by “laughing” members of the public.
The three transgender women can be seen in the footage stamping on Mr Shabeeb as he lay on the floor.
Tamzin, from Romford, added: “This could have been avoided if I just kept myself to myself.
“I didn’t think I was capable of something so vile.
“My body just went into overdrive and I just couldn’t stop. If I could take it back, I would. It was too far.”
But the women believe transphobic abuse is rife in Britain and hearing about violence against transgender women makes you “automatically more defensive”.
Tylah said: “I used to feel upset or like everyone was attacking me, and whether transitioning was right for me.
“There’s been times before where people have been quite physical towards me.
“Hate crimes towards trans people have quadrupled in the last five years, which is just unreal.
“It makes you feel a little bit nervous and worried you could be on the receiving end of things. You have to be very alert.”
The attack happened at 2.15am on June 24, 2018, after the man approached the group outside Leicester Square station and British Transport Police officers found the man on the ground with the women around him.
They had followed him into the station after he had turned to one of the group and told them “you are not a woman, you need a fanny to be a woman.”
Sentencing them, Judge Nigel Seed, QC, sitting at the Inner London Crown Court, said: “Had it not been for the victim in this case, there probably would have been no incident.
“I accept that what happened to you in the beginning of this incident is entirely wrong, and people like you should not be subjected to that sort of abuse in public or anywhere.
“You are being punished for your overreaction to someone who has escaped punishment altogether.”
And Tylah is now advising people to walk away if others find themselves in a similar situation.
She said: “If someone is bothering you and they are not leaving you alone, you have to report it, pick up your phone and dial for help.
“Don’t try and argue, you don’t know what that other person is going to do.
“Just try and walk away from the situation. If you entertain it, it’s only going to get worse.”
The judge were told the attack on Al Shabeeb in June 2018 was an “overreaction” but the women were granted leniency after the judge heard they faced “offensive, transphobic and abusive” language.
*story by Mirror Online