Sept 3, 2014 – Reported by the Advocate.com – Colombian-born trans woman Eliana Rubashkyn has finally found a welcoming home in New Zealand after almost a year of trying to gain entry into several European countries and being denied, despite her refugee status, reports the The New Zealand Herald.
Rubashkyn fled her homeland because, she says, she had been imprisoned, ridiculed, and targeted for rape because of her feminine gender presentation. The pharmacy student, now 26, first left Colombia to pursue a master’s degree scholarship from Taiwan’s Taipei University.
After hormone replacement therapy altered Rubashkyn’s physical appearance, the Taiwanese government directed her to obtain a new visa photo, according to the South China Morning Post.
When Rubashkyn traveled to Hong Kong to update her passport at the nearest Colombian consulate, she says she was detained by immigration officials because her female gender expression did not match the “male” gender marker on her identifying documents….
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