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Trans Woman and Activist Diane Rodriguez Takes on Ecuadorian Government

Diane Rodriguez holds sign that loosely translates into English as, "I just want to walk without being fucked with."

Diane Rodriguez holds sign that loosely translates into English as, “I just want to walk without being fucked with.”

TWOC Diane Rodriguez has been in the news a lot lately. In 2009, she became the first trans person in Ecuador to be granted the right to have her name legally changed. Then, last year, the trans worldwide trans community waited to hear if she would be only the fourth trans person in history elected to her national legislature. The latter did not happen, but it sure put Rodriguez on the world’s radar. Today, she’s back on the scene fighting yet another battle of equality for trans people and for the LGBTQI community at large. Rodriguez has filed a lawsuit against the government of Ecuador for their refusal to fully acknowledge her gender on legal documents.

Stateside, just recently, we witnessed transgender model Carmen Carrera and Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox shut down talk show host Katie Couric for focusing too much on the “body parts” of trans people.

Cox said, “The preoccupation with transition and surgery objectifies trans people.” She also said that focusing on anatomy distracts us from the real issues trans people face daily such as violence and discrimination.  By focusing on bodies we don’t focus on the lived realities of that oppression and that discrimination.”

The Ecuadorian government does not agree and maintains its position that without an actual surgical procedure Rodriguez is still a man in their eyes. She has vowed to fight its transphobic viewpoint with all she has.

“I have to continue the process, not only for me but for the entire GLBT community, and in this case specifically for the trans community,” Rodriguez said.

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