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Ex-Soldier Lucy Vallender, UK’s “First Transgender Muslim Woman”

I’m highlighting this story because it’s unusual. Lucy Vallender was a solider in the Territorial Army of the United Kingdom, and decided to both transition and become a Muslim at the same time. However, as I’ve posted before, being a transgender Muslim isn’t nearly as fun as one might think…

“They asked me questions about my bra cup size, asked about my Adam’s apple, about my period and asked to see my birth certificate,” she said, and so returned home to pray there instead. “I hope people will change their attitudes and other people like me will realize they are free to just be themselves.”

Hoping a major organized fundamentalist religious group of any denomination will suddenly slap their hands to their respective heads and say “of course! We should love transgender people now!” is a bit overly hopeful.

What bothers me about the article is this part of it:

She’s found love as well as self-acceptance since her drastic life changes, and is now married to a Muslim man, Murad, whom she met on an online dating site. Though he did not know that she was trans at the time of their wedding, she commented, “he must have suspected it as he’s seen my scars.” She’s only seen him twice since the wedding, but spoke warmly about him, commenting, “I love him, he’s kind and soft spoken.”

What, what, what? You married a Muslim man and didn’t tell him you were a transsexual woman until after the ceremony? Whoa.

Lucy Vallender, UK’s First Transgender Muslim Woman, Gets Married After Leaving Territorial Army (PHOTOS).

Gulf Countries May Use Tests to Ban Transgender and LBG Persons from Entering

I’m disappointed, but I am absolutely unsurprised. The number of Muslim-led countries which have an ounce of compassion for transgender persons can be counted on one finger – or less. And don’t even tell me about Iran; the truth is still grim for transpersons in that country.

Note as well that the test are being proposed not just in Kuwait, but in all Gulf Cooperate Countries (GCC). From the article:

Yousouf Mindkar, director of public health at the Kuwaiti health ministry, said that the routine clinical screenings will be given to expatriates coming into the Gulf Cooperate Countries, which will include tests to identify LGBT people. If they identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, they will be banned.

“Health centres conduct the routine medical check to assess the health of the expatriates when they come into the GCC countries,” Mindkar said, according to Gulf News. “However, we will take stricter measures that will help us detect gays who will be then barred from entering Kuwait or any of the GCC member states.”

The GCC is a political and economic union of Arab states, including countries Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Emirates, Oman and Bahrain.

Kuwait May Use ’Gaydar’ to Ban Gays From Country :: EDGE Provincetown.