Transgender Artist Arrested For Responding To Transphobia By Baring Her Breasts
Arsenault said the incident was provoked by questions from the flight attendant, which they deemed inappropriate.
“She came over and said, ‘You guys have to teach us how to do our makeup,’ ” said the 39-year-old performer. “And then they were like, ‘You know, because you used to be guys, right?’ “
In response, Sanfino decided to strut topless down the aisle.
“She walked down the aisle with quite a bit of grace and flamboyance and had her arms out,” said Arsenault. “And then the flight attendants came and covered her up, saying ‘Think about the children!’ “
When the plane landed officers arrested them despite there being no law against woman or men going topless in Canada. They then deleted photos and videos from their cell phones telling them that it was illegal for them to film the arrest.
It’s interesting to note that while the officers arrested Sanfino for baring woman’s breasts, her legal documents still identify her as male. When the officers saw their pasport gender makers indicated male they then began misgendering them, threatening to throw them in jail with men.
There are no law prohibiting Canadians from photographing and filming police as long as one is not obstructing.