By Jody May-Chang
Originally published on BoiseWeekly.com Nov. 23, 2010
Idaho’s transgender community expressed outrage over a prosecutor’s comments in the case of a transgender accused of practicing medicine without a license. The remarks by Ada country prosecutor, Ana Mamani were made Nov. 17 during the arraignment of Kristina Ross.
Kristrina Ross (Boise Police Dept. Photo)
Ross, 37, is accused of representing herself as a doctor and performed breast exams on two women in local night clubs.
Ross also happens to be a transgender woman. How her gender identity was portrayed in court, and subsequently by local media, is what has the trans-community upset.
Mamani stated in court, “The most concerning facts here are that the defendant is not a doctor and that the defendant is a male touching a woman’s breast under the guise of being a female.”
“As a lesbian who is legally and physically female, but with a male history, this certainly worries me,” Jennifer Smith told Citydesk. “Given that the charge is practicing medicine without a license, I don’t see how Ms. Ross’s gender has any bearing. The issue is whether her actions constituted practicing medicine.”
Smith adds, “Since many of us conduct regular breast exams on ourselves without our physicians considering us to be unqualified to do so, the charge seems a bit of a stretch.
Transgender educator and human rights activist, Emilie Jackson-Edney said, “The manner in which [Mamani] made that statement was like looking me straight in the face, calling me an impostor, and saying, ‘You sick pervert!’ Kristina Ross identifies as a woman. She isn’t pretending to be a woman.” Continue reading