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NEW YORK — New York City police detectives are looking for a man who they say sexually assaulted a transgender woman at the Stonewall Inn, the Greenwich Village bar with a central role in starting the gay rights movement, the authorities said Monday.

The woman told investigators she was drinking at the bar on Saturday around 11:30 p.m. when she went upstairs to use a unisex bathroom, the police said.

While she was washing her hands, a man entered the room and said he wanted to wash his hands, the police said. He touched her without her permission and then sodomized her, they said.


The woman told the police that she had indicated her lack of consent to the man, but did not resist out of fear of being hurt.

The man left the bathroom, only to return shortly thereafter to grope the woman again before leaving, the police said.

The woman, 25, called 911 around 1 a.m. Sunday.

The Stonewall Inn’s reputation as a historic battleground for gay rights traces to 1969, when a police raid at the bar touched off days of riots and marches. It was designated a New York City landmark in June and is also on the National Register of Historic Places.

New York Times