Transgender woman assaulted in Paris

In Paris, 31-year-old Julia, a transgender woman, says she was entering the metro when she was confronted and assaulted by a group of men.

Eliza Archer
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Why this story matters:

Julia was attempting to enter the metro when she was confronted by a group of demonstrators protesting against the Algerian President. It was then that the group of men began harassing Julia in an incident that has since been labeled "transphobic" and "unacceptable". 

A video of the event, that has since gone viral, shows Julia climbing the steps where she is confronted by a wall of men, one of whom messes up her hair. Julia has said the men told her “You’re a man, you’re not going anywhere, you’re not coming past”.

A woman can then be seen approaching Julia, encouraging her to go in the opposite direction. Julia then continued up the steps where further harassment became violent. Physical violence can been clearly seen in the video and Julia has added that beer was thrown at her and one of the men exposed himself. 

Towards the end of the video, metro police can be seen intervening. However, it has since been reported that the officers addressed her as a male (“Monsieur”), and suggested she “not… dress like that”. 

Julia has said, "The violence against this [transgender] community takes place every day. But some people won't have the strength that I have and they'll be destroyed by these attacks".

She made clear that she did not attribute this attack to the Algerian community, instead stating that it was ignorant individuals whose race, religion and place of origin were not relevant.

Details from the story:

  • The incident occurred at Place de la République, where a protest was being held in opposition to Algeria’s president.
  • Algeria’s president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, has since resigned.
  • Parisian authorities have opened an investigation into violence due to sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • The French Minister for gender equality, Marlène Schiappa, has labelled the incident “unacceptable”.
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