transdada

poetics, time, body disruption and marginally queer solutions

Sunday, July 11, 2004

Transgender protection approved
The Miami Beach City Commission passed an amendment that protects transgender people from discrimination, joining a fast-growing national trend toward such protections.
BY CASEY WOODS



With dark kinky hair, thick makeup and a short red dress that just brushed the top of substantial -- and decidely masculine -- thighs, Rajée Narinesingh cut an unusual figure settling into a chair at the Miami Beach City Commission meeting on Wednesday.

Several people in the chambers stared.

Narinesingh, 37, who was born a man but now dresses, and feels, like a woman, is accustomed to the attention, and, on occasion, the smirks, that often accompany her entrance.


But now, there are a few key things the local activist won't have to tolerate, at least in Miami Beach: discrimination in realms such as housing, employment and public services.

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