Bolivian transvestites win battle over ID pictures

Monday Nov 16, 2009


La Paz, Bolivia – Bolivia’s transvestites will be allowed to have their national ID pictures taken as women.

Public defender Patricia Flores says that after three-years of negotiations, her office, Bolivian police and transvestite and transgender groups have agreed to grant Bolivians the right to be photographed looking however they want.

Until now, police have forced transvestites to be pictured in keeping with their biological gender. The ID cards will still list Bolivians’ legal names.

Flores says the initiative was inspired by claims of discrimination.

She said Nov. 12 that 80 percent of the members of the Organization of Transvestites, Transgendered and Female Transsexuals of Bolivia previously refused to obtain an ID card.

Source: Bay Windows


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