LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — In a bizarre incident that involved being shaken down by youths associated with a Zimbabwe political group after she used a women’s restroom, trans woman Ricky Nathanson of Bulawayo found herself then turned over to the police who stripped her to ‘confirm her gender’. This was done in the presence of 6 police officers. She was examined again at a hospital and sent to a jail cell after it was determined she was transgender.
At a court hearing, a judge ordered Nathanson released and scolded the police for their handling of the affair. The judge issued an arrest warrant for the leader of the ZANU PF youth group, Farai Mteliso, along with a warning to leave Nathanson, a board member of the Sexual Rights Centre, alone.
The Zimbabwe media however, has gone into a transphobic frenzy causing Nathanson to fear for her life and has since gone into hiding.
In April last year, I wrote of a mayor in Lebanon who ordered trans women stripped and photographed at city hall: https://lexiecannes.com/2013/04/24/mayor-orders-arrested-trans-woman-to-undress-photographed-at-lebanese-city-hall/
Most of the news reports on the Zimbabwe incident are transphobic, but these two sources seem reputable:
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