THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — What was he thinking? — is it okay to whip trans women with a belt, but if they defend themselves with pepper spray, it’s time to call the cops to report an assault? After the Portland (Oregon) police responded to Reginald Ferdinand McGhee’s call, they ended up arresting him for assault and intimidation. The women say after McGhee passed them in the street, he yelled slurs and swung his large buckled belt at them. One woman suffered minor injuries. The police says it was a bias crime but they have not said if he was actually pepper sprayed.
The phrase “walking while trans” is used in Toronto, Canada, by some to describe the actions of the police as they regularly stop, search and arrest transgender people because officers are suspecting they’re sex workers.
519 Church Street Community Centre’s Morgan M. Page: “walking while trans is definitely an in-joke within our community. It’s kind of a snappy way of summing up a whole variety of experiences we’re regularly [subjected] to by police.”
While Toronto police say they are working to improve relations with the trans community since the Ontario Human Rights Commission stepped in over a mishandled police action with trans citizens, others suggest there is a long way to go before trans women can walk the streets of Toronto and not worry of being stopped and searched.
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