It’s nearly a month since I last wrote about the injustices and danger faced by trans women in Kyrgyzstan and in the meantime, Anna Kirey, Senior Advisor and Board Member at Labrys Kyrgyzstan and I have exchanged a few emails. Although I don’t want to go into too much detail in this public forum, I will say that it’s been a very instructive exchange for me, and I hope we are able to continue it and that I can write further about it soon.
In the meantime, in her latest email, Anna sent a link to a 4-minute long YouTube video (made by Labrys in collaboration with the Global Fund For Women) which I’m posting here. It records one woman’s experience of transphobic violence in Kyrgyzstan.
Trigger warning: The video and its subtitles contain graphic descriptions – including of rape and violence – of the experiences of a trans woman, and her subsequent mistreatment by the authorities when she and a representative of Labrys tried to report the attack.
If you feel this might be triggering for you, please do not play the video.
(Direct link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtVTgFuB79Y)
Previous related posts:
- Kyrgyzstan: “No penis, no passport” (July 6, 2010)
- T-World: Kyrgyzstan’s First Trans Comic (July 6, 2010)
- Kyrgyzstan: These Everyday Humiliations (October 6, 2008)