A California teenager has been arrested on suspicion of a hate crime after an assault on a genderqueer person.
Richard Thomas, 16, set fire to the skirt of Sasha Fleischman while they slept on a city bus.
Fleischman, 18, was hospitalised after the incident, suffering from second and third-degree burns on their legs.
Despite being 16, Thomas will be charged as an adult on counts of aggravated mayhem and felony assault.
The attack is also being investigated as a hate crime after Thomas told investigators he committed the act 'because he is homophobic'.