Transgender Woman Outed by Airline Employee

Lenore HerremPhoto: Facebook

A Canadian transgender woman was outed by a gate agent after she had boarded her flight with WestJet Airlines

Lenore Herrem was flying from Calgary to Saskatoon last week, when the agent assisting her appeared confused when looking at her ID, which was more than five years old and still had Herrems gender marked as male.

[The agent] got upset and said, They dont match, but her colleague said, Yes, they do, its fine, go ahead,' Herrem said. So I gently and discreetly expressed to her, Its because Im transgender, thats why they dont match up. But my face is the same and my ID matches the name on my boarding pass,'

The incident continued once Herrem had boarded her flight. The gate agent followed her on board and, in front of other passengers, demanded to see her ID once again.

She rolled her eyes at me and said, Are you sure it wasnt your girl name that was on the computer? She outed me in front of the whole airplane.

WestJet issued a statement to CBC News Canada in response to the incident:

WestJets inclusive culture is a point of pride for WestJetters and our goal has always been to create a safe and inclusive environment for all. We have extended our apologies to the guest and are reviewing the matter as we are continuously assessing and evolving our practices and policies to maximize inclusiveness and celebrate diversity.

The airline has stated they are investigating the claims.

Herrem has stated that she felt unsafe and belittled by the incident, given that she relies on passing as female in public for her own safety, and that the agent took that away.

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