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.