Colombian Capital Lifts Gender LockDown Rule

Angel Mendoza (3rd right) and Martin Juco (2nd right), who are transgender and non-binary, stand in line outside a bank during gender-based quarantine restrictions. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez

The mayor of the capital city of Bogotá said Friday that the COVID-19 Lockdown gender restriction will end on Monday. The rule like those in Panama and Perú requires that men and women go out on alternate days. This often put transgender people, especially gender non-binary people in untenable situations, inviting arrest and violence from citizens eager for an excuse to act on their transphobia.

Mayor Claudia Lopez made the announcement Friday making no mention of the hardships suffered by transgender people due to gender policing. The New York Times reports Lopez said the restriction will be lifted because a gradual return to work for construction and manufacturing sectors will make it difficult for police to enforce gender rules.

Everyone will be required to use face masks when outside, Lopez said, and residents in certain neighborhoods in the working-class south of the city with high case numbers will have to stay inside between Saturday and May 23.

This is welcome news however the residue from this arbitrary restriction will affect bogotá’s transgender community for years to come.

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