This might be old news for some of you, but I just accidentally stumbled across this gem. (Yeah, I do not diligently follow the news, thus I often miss things.) In order to promote social distancing, Colombia had to come up with a rather transphobic idea.
Bogota is making it easier for police to make sure citizens are complying with a lockdown: on even days women can go out to buy basic necessities such as food and medicine, on odd days just men…
The new gender restrictions… make it easier for police to identify who is violating the lockdown.
For transgender people, the restriction is determined by the gender they identify with, according to the decree published by Lopez’s office.
Peru and Panama imposed similar gender limits to stem the spread of Covid-19.
Police officers sure can just glance at some person and correctly identify their gender identity. This is especially simple for non-binary people and people who cannot pass for their preferred gender. There’s no way a person’s gender identity might possibly differ from how their body looks like. /sarcasm tag
If this kind of shit happened in a city where I live, it would become impossible for me to leave the house on any day at all. I am agender, but I prefer to live as male. I feel more comfortable with what other people consider a stereotypically masculine gender performance/gender expression. Nonetheless, I cannot visually pass for a man. On top of that, my passport states that I am female. Result: I could not go out at all, neither with men nor with women. If I went grocery shopping together with women, that would cause me emotional pain. If I went grocery shopping with men, I would turn into a nervous wreck constantly looking around myself, waiting for some kind of attack—I’d expect either somebody to harass me or the police to arrest me for not following the law.
Gender segregated spaces are a terrible idea. It’s already a problem that people who cannot visually pass for their preferred gender routinely get harassed in public restrooms. Experiencing this whenever they leave the house… Holy shit!
Besides, some people are non-binary, they are neither male nor female. Even if transphobia didn’t exist and nobody got harassed in public places for being visibly trans, forcing non-binary people to pick one gender would still remain immoral.