“There’s a male scanner and a female scanner in the TSA checkpoint. And, looking at me, you know, I look like a woman and I am a woman. So, that’s great (…) But, going through the scanner, I always have an ‘anomaly’ between my legs and that sets off the alarm,” said Rose Montoya.
Recently, there has been a radical change in certain policies to generate greater diversity and respect for the LGBTQI+ community. However, there are some areas and services that still haven’t made the necessary changes, resulting in acts of discrimination.
As reported by BuzzFeed, Rose Montoya, an influencer, makeup artist, model and trans actress, recently lived a bad experience while going through the TSA checkpoint at the Arizona airport while on her way to visit her boyfriend.
The model posted a video on her Instagram explaining the situation. In her own words, “I always have immense anxiety leading up to going through security. And this means that I totally recognize the privilege of having all my documents correct.“
Rose had to go through the scanner, a routine process when boarding a plane. “There’s a male scanner and a female scanner in the TSA checkpoint. And, looking at me, you know, I look like a woman and I am a woman. So, that’s great (…) But, going through the scanner, I always have an ‘anomaly’ between my legs that sets off the alarm,” she said.
That’s when a security assistant asked her if she had “anything” in her pants. “I told her ‘no’ and she’s like, ‘Well, maybe it’s just the metal on your shorts, so let’s scan you again,'” Rose added.
Rose constantly felt that she was being ignored by the security attendant. “Her solution was, ‘Do you want to be scanned as a man instead?’ I didn’t. But I ended up doing it and then my boobs set off the scanner because, of course.“
Although Rose tried to defuse the tension with a joke, the guard asked her if she wanted to be patted down by a man. “I said, ‘No! Absolutely not!’” After that bad time, Rose remembered that, “Afterwards, I took a deep breath, grabbed my things and bought myself a cookie butter latte and a snack. I felt dysphoric.”
The model said that she is fortunate to have her documents with her new names and updated photos, but she said that she used to go through even worse treatment. “From being asked invasive questions about my body, to being inappropriately touched and sexually assaulted,” she commented.
From then on, the influencer began posting a series of videos on her TikTok to raise awareness about these cases of discrimination. “There needs to be training in all businesses about transgender people. We are real and we have always existed. I am not a second-class citizen. I’m deserving of the same rights and the same respect as cisgender people,” Rose ended.