Sunday, August 2, 2009

Trans woman cab driver Andre Edwards triumphs over trans misogyny

Trans woman Andre Edwards was fired from her job as a cab driver in the UK last month for wearing nail polish and skirts on the job. But instead of giving up, she went to a different cab company, where her long history of experience and high level of competence won her a position as a driver. Even better, she reports that she is treated with respect and dignity by her supervisors and fellow staff.

The article in which this is reported is problematic. It focuses to the point of voyeurism on her history of transition, operation status, and pre-transition history. I was also troubled by the article's framing of this as a "second chance" - it's not a matter of a chance that she lost and found once more, it's a matter of her triumphing over trans misogynistic discrimination.

But I have so many sad and depressing stories about discrimination against folks because of various isms. Not all who face oppression are victims - there are so many who triumph against struggle on a daily basis whose stories aren't given the platform of more normative success stories. I wanted to highlight the story of one woman who triumphed against cis privilege in an inspiring way.

UPDATE: Renee has some great commentary on Ms. Edwards over at Womanist Musings.


  1. Nicely done, RMJ! I've come to loathe the MSM's take on transition, you can do a good-sized chunk of a trans bingo card off the standard "but she used to be a bloke!" reportage.

  2. Thanks for blogging about this, I had not heard about it. Trans people often face discrimination in employment which is a large part of the reason so many live in poverty despite their high education levels. Many transwomen report being unable to continue in their previous career after transition. To me it is evidence of the ways in which capitalism can be used as a tool to discipline certain bodies.

  3. Thanks for posting about this. My previous employer tried to harass me out of my job after I started my transition. When I threatened to expose conditions there, I was given a "second chance." That, on a job I'd done for years and for which my worst evaluation was "very good."

    The sad thing is that my current employer has also said that they are giving me a "second chance." As if I did something wrong!


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