LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) — Lexington police are investigating a Nov. 25 incident outside The Bar Complex on Main Street as a hate crime.

The victims in this case had just left the LGBTQ business and were headed to their car when three men started shouting at them. One walked away, but the other two became aggressive. That’s when one of the victims began recording on his cell phone. On the recording, you can hear one of the young men yell “Like I said, if you ain’t got no gun, you can’t (expletive) with me.”

Crime Stoppers reporter Kristen Pflum spoke to one of the victims, a transgender woman, who says the slurs started after she refused to engage with the group of strangers.

“As they came to us, we got in the car and they started banging on our windows,” said Alex Meadows. Meadows said when the men didn’t back off, the victims tried another tactic.

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“We got out to try and confront them in a way that’s not hostile,” Meadows said. “That’s when he looked at me and said ‘you’re an effing man’ and he spit in my face.”

As the family of three tried to leave the parking spot, Meadows says one of the men started hitting their rear window, eventually shattering it. What happened that night shook the three to their core, but despite their fear, a plea for a conversation.

“I don’t want the demonization that comes with young Black men to come to him,” Meadows said. “I wish there could be a conversation around it.”

Step one is finding out who these men are. Crime Stoppers Coordinator Det. Kristyn Klingshirn said Meadows and her family deserve that.

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“We want everyone to be able to go out and enjoy their day-to-day life and not worry about being approached for what seems like absolutely no reason.”

If you recognize either of the men in the video, Crime Stoppers will pay up to a $1,500 cash reward for your anonymous information. Call the tip line at 253-2020 or go online to p3tips.com.