‘Work environment overtly hostile to tranny freaks’

A transgender woman from the United Kingdom has been allowed residency in New Zealand on exceptional humanitarian grounds.

 
 

The immigration and protection tribunal in Auckland granted the 57-year-old woman, who had suffered several years of discrimination and abuse in the UK, residency in New Zealand.

The tribunal decided it would be “unduly harsh” to send her back to the UK. She has lived in NZ since 2009.

She has been described as “highly intelligent and skilled” – and works as an IT specialist with a degree in engineering.

The woman, who underwent gender reassignment surgery in her 40s, said her colleagues labelled her a “freak” – and she suffered other abuse.

“After complaining to the human resources department about a specific incident of bullying, the perpetrator confronted her and threatened that if she ever complained again he would ‘rip her head off’,” stated the tribunal.

“This work environment was homophobic and overtly hostile to ‘tranny freaks’. She is unlikely to maintain the equilibrium she has developed in New Zealand if she is required to return to the United Kingdom.”

Spokeswoman for advocacy group, Transaction in New Zealand, Lynda Whitehead, told Radio NZ: “In certain areas on this planet the violence and prejudice that is shown against trans people is quite horrendous.

“I’d like to think that Kiwis have got a fairly open-minded and relaxed view of things.”

 
 

 
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