Usually I have only derision for lawyers, but this story made me smile.
Kimberly Ayala graduated from law school in Paraguay five years ago. But because she is Transgender, the government refused to swear her nor give her a license to practice.
Why? Because her government issued ID lists her deadname and AMAB gender.
Why didn’t she change her name and gender identity? Because the government wouldn’t allow Transgender people to change their names and gender. The so-called “Supreme Court of Justice” demanded she “dress as a man” and work only under her deadname.
How exactly is their bigoted law her fault?
For five years, she fought for the right to changer her name and gender identity, to become a lawyer. She did it not just for herself, but for all other Transgender people in Paraguay who suffer the same discrimination in society and the workplace. Now, after years of fighting, she will be able to advocate for those she wants to defend, and for the rights of others. She is the embodiment of a heroine.
From a Paraguayan news site, via google TRANSlate:
Kimberly Ayala, the young woman who the Supreme Court of Justice prevented from swearing in as a lawyer for being Transgender, finally did so this Monday morning. Her case is historical in Paraguay.
Five years ago, Ayala finished her law degree but the Supreme Court of Justice did not recognize her gender identity, so it did not allow her to swear or access her registration.
The event aroused public outrage and generated an intense campaign on social networks promoted mainly by the diverse and feminist community with the support of organizations in favor of human rights.
Precisely, a large number of people gathered this morning in front of the Palace of Justice, after the call called “Birretes Al Aire”.
The criticism of the Court had a positive result and Kimberly was sworn in this morning at 11:00.
Her achievement represents a milestone in Paraguay as she is the first Transgender person whose gender identity is recognized by the Court, therefore she is also the first Paraguayan Transgender lawyer.
After being sworn in, Kimberly expressed her happiness on social networks and mentioned that she will finally be able to celebrate what she considers a victory for all the population.
Here’s a video news story from Paraguay, where they actually get her gender and name right: