LEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Historically, doctors delivering babies could not always correctly determine the gender of newborns they delivered by just looking, resulting in tragic consequences for perhaps hundreds of thousands of people. Miami-Dade corrections officials, however felt they were up to the task playing “guess the gender” of their inmates using the same failed techniques.
Three years ago however, they guessed wrong, sending a cis woman to a men’s jail where she was held in a common cell with 40 men who reportedly sexually harassed her. The woman, Fiordaliza Pichardo, has now filed a $5 million federal lawsuit.
Pichardo, who has 3 children and is now a grandmother, was arrested at the airport in Miami on an old drug charge that her attorney says was dismissed. She was initially held in a female detention center, but after prison officials had a look-see at her vagina, they sent her off to the male’s jail citing “non-traditional male characteristics”.
Miami-Dade officials are not commenting.
What a cruel way to out an intersex person — to a prison cell full of men. Nobody has any business making pants inspections anyway — science says 2 gender check off boxes are not enough. If they went by presentation, Miami-Dade would have $5 million to spend on more important things — like climate change or chad-less voting systems.
There are least 7 (now, 8), reports of cis women being misgendered as male:
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