“Don’t Punish myself for Exactly who we Am”Systemic Discrimination Against Transgender ladies in Lebanon
Miriam, a 20-year-old Syrian trans lady, had been arrested in December 2017, whenever she along with her boyfriend are ceased and explored at a checkpoint at Daher al Baidar, in Bekaa. Miriam informed Human Legal Rights Watch:
When he [the officer] opened my phone, he spotted pictures of me personally outfitted as a woman, and then he didn’t realize it actually was myself until he found a picture in which I got cosmetics on but gotn’t wear the wig however. The guy requested if it got me when you look at the visualize, when we stated indeed, the guy began chuckling. He then requested another officer: ‘Is homosexuality a crime punishable by-law?’ The other officer stated, ‘Yes, however.’ And they both began laughing. He began conquering me personally, first together with uniform gear, then stomping on me personally along with his footwear. The guy stored intimidating that he’ll electrocute me personally and held waving the taser nearer to my own body to frighten myself. I became yellow with worry and felt like I found myself likely to faint. They kept beating myself from 10 p.m. until 2:30 a.m., nonstop. Even though these people were changing changes, the officials who had been making beat the shit of me personally, and the ones whom just got to their move furthermore defeat me personally.
They forced me to signal papers that used to don’t will look over, with all the charges that they accused me personally of. Once they comprise getting us to your authorities station, one policeman labeled as someone else and stated, ‘You know what we caught them with,’ without saying the charge, and winked at your.