Trans activists allegedly detained in Edmonton

Xtra!, Canada

Lexi Sanfino removed her top on a flight

Lexi Sanfino and Nina Arsenault, two prominent Toronto trans
activists, were allegedly arrested and detained at the Edmonton
airport after Sanfino displayed her breasts on a flight.

Their friend Judy Virago says Sanfino and Arsenault, who could not be
reached for comment, travelled to Edmonton on a WestJet flight June 20
for a friend’s wedding.

Virago says Sanfino removed her top and exposed her breasts on the
plane while Arsenault filmed her.

Virago says Arsenault and Sanfino recently moved in together and have
been collaborating on art projects, specifically focused on the
relationship between trans bodies and public spaces. This was one of
them.

“They were trying to create a piece on the demystification of trans
women’s bodies in a public space,” Virago says.

Edmonton police and WestJet staff could not be reached for comment at
press time.

Lexi Sanfino removed her top and exposed her breasts on the
plane, says Judy Virago.

Andrea Houston / National
Xtra is following this story.

©2013 Pink Triangle Press

 

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