Skip to comments.Panama transgender community worried over virus gender rules
Posted on 04/03/2020 1:22:34 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
Panama City (AFP) - Panama has implemented gender-based social distancing regulations to help tackle the coronavirus crisis, but the move has raised "dread" among members of the transgender community.
Already under a near total lockdown, Panamanian authorities decreed this week that men could only leave home to go shopping on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, with women allowed to do so on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
No one is allowed out on Sundays.
Before that, Panama had already closed its borders, suspended school classes, banned foreigners from entering the country and imposed a lockdown that left open a two-hour window allowing people to leave their homes to purchase essential items.
But the new measure, which came into effect on Wednesday, has left transgender people worried they will be the targets of discrimination.
Ali, a 25-year-old illustrator who works as a tattoo artist is a transgender man, but his identity card states he's a woman.
"My biggest fear, obviously, is the police, who aren't trained or sensitized to this subject and I don't know what attitude they will take with me," he told AFP.
"I'm 100 percent sure I'll be stopped in the street and seeing as I don't fit the mold ... I don't know if they'll be aggressive. That's what scares me," added Ali.
The Association of New Men and Women of Panama, which defends LGBT+ rights in the Central American country, said the measures had caused "dread."
"There are still police patrols who use the argument that God only created Adam and Eve," association president Ricardo Beteta told AFP. "What does a transgender person do in this situation?"
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“My biggest fear, obviously, is the police, who aren’t trained or sensitized to this subject and I don’t know what attitude they will take with me,” he told AFP.
We’re a little busy right now and we we really don’t have time for your drama.
Mental illness is a terrible thing
Good grief, CV has killed over 58,000 people worldwide and THIS is what they’re worried about? Silly trannies.
“Panama transgender community worried over virus gender rules”
The Virus has a gender?
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