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“He Wanted to Beat the Woman Out of Me”

Expand A trans woman living in Akkar, North Lebanon, has been kidnapped and denied police protection, housing, and employment on the basis of her gender identity. © 2019 Human Rights Watch When she was 18, Maria escaped from her father’s house after he beat her so violently that she lost consciousness, then restrained her for two weeks with metal chains that stretched from her bed to the bathroom. “He wanted to beat the woman out of me,” Maria said. Six years later, she is still fighting to survive. Maria is a transgender woman in Lebanon. Her story is one of many heartbreaking accounts that…

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