Online donations for protester Nikki Stone came Wednesday after her controversial arrest by New York police, as her mother revealed that the teenager is a transgender woman who prefers the name “Stickers.”
A GoFundMe page titled “Housing for Stickers” was created Saturday to raise $ 15,000 for Stone, “who has been homeless” and “needs money to rent for several months as he finds a stable source of income,” Emily organized. Dick wrote.
But that goal more than doubled by mid-afternoon Wednesday after Stone’s arrest of several alleged acts of vandalism, including painting on a New York police surveillance camera near City Hall.
The GoFundMe page listed around 1,100 donations and said, “1,111 people just donated.”
Stone’s mother, Brooklyn-based artist Carly O’Neil, tweeted Wednesday afternoon that Stone, 18, “was fine and we appreciate all the concern.”
O’Neil also tweeted a link to an online document in which he said: “In 2018, Stickers (as a transgender) came and moved with me in Dallas, TX, where I lived on a New York gap year.”
“Fearing for his life in such a highly conservative environment, I decided it was best to move to New York, which we did in October 2018,” he added.
O’Neil also alleged that Stone was “physically approached by the agents who arrested him, which included several blows to the face when he started to panic and exhibited that anxiety at the time.”
“While they used her pronoun, they insisted on calling her by her legal name, and not by her chosen female name,” O’Neil said of the cops.
“While in the van, none of the officers wore a mask. She experienced inhumane treatment when officers shouted insults like, “Act like a normal human being and not like an animal.”
O’Neil also alleged that after his arrest, Stone was not allowed “to access his contacts on his phone, to call me or anyone I was with before the arrest.”
New York police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.