Public Sector Anti-LGBTQI Mistreatment

bully-655659_1280Public sector mistreatment against LGBTQI persons including through police sexual harassment – whether spontaneous or organized – need to be exposed in public light in order so as to also end it.

The diverse social practices which are still known as “homosexuality” were long classified as a psychiatric disorder as are still “transsexualism”, “transvestic fetishism”, “gender identity disorder” and “gender dysphoria” as well as a vast number of intersex diagnoses. Psychiatric personnel therefore often still feel somehow entitled to sexually harass, psychologically abuse and socially stigmatize LGBTQI persons and especially so conventionally attractive sexually transgender persons who have recently come out of the closet. This is relatively common even in ostensibly “progressive” Sweden so one can just imagine how more or less pervasive this is in what are to varying degrees relatively speaking actually less “progressive” jurisdictions.

This is an area of anti-LGBTQI mistreatment that is largely still not publicly discussed or addressed considering the public stigma involved with respect to anything individually related to being in contact with psychiatry. Persons engaging in active LGBTQI lifestyles may thus become stigmatized as “hypomaniacs” while those with comparatively active heterocultural lifestyles will not. LGBTQI persons may be suspected and accused of mental illness and even more or less coercively drugged, such as for being perceived as having too much makeup, having a non-passable gendered appearance, being non-binary, having a relatively more youthful age role as compared to bureaucratic age, being branded “deviant” and “not normal”, being seen as too assertive for a person whose anatomy is perceived as “female”, becoming considered as “speaking too fast” for a person with anatomy perceived as “male”, not being obedient or polite to demands for submission to heterocultural/ciscultural social norms, filing numerous legal complaints and/or starting multiple lawsuits for anti-LGBTQI harassment or becoming upset and openly angered by structural anti-LGBTQI hostility.

While it is not uncommon for psychiatric employees to engage in such anti-LGBTQI harassment on their own initiative may it also be part of organized police harassment as the police may recruit literally anyone (including criminals) as a police agent or citizen interrogator as the police does not hesitate to recruit even other government employees for these purposes. Psychiatric employees may thus sexually harass and interrogate LGBTQI persons, including accusing them of being sex criminals for being non-binary or gay and/or holding public opinions on current sex laws.

Social welfare authorities may decide that a person living an openly and law-abiding LGBTQI lifestyle qualifies as a “social problem” and may be threatened with loss of child custody and/or welfare benefits unless changing appearance and/or lifestyle. LGBTQI persons may be considered as drunk despite being sober, as drugged despite not being drugged and LGBTQI persons may at any time become harassed and questioned by either the police or by citizen interrogators as sent by the police for being visually and publicly out of the closet IRL. LGBTQI persons are helpless even in purportedly “progressive” Sweden as legal systems around the world will usually not give a fair hearing to LGBTQI persons as LGBTQI persons are considered “problems” in transgressing non-legislated religious and ethnocentric rules of heteronormativity and cisnormativity.

Other government employees may also harass LGBTQI people and this may or may not form part of organized police harassment against LGBTQI people. The police authorities are interested removing visually attractive LGBTQI persons from public space in terms of them not remaining visually and socially openly LGBTQI and they endeavor to attain this by various legal and illegal means, including luring/extorting LGBTQI persons into prostitution (organized prostitution is typically symbiotic with the police) that is more invisible IRL whether in online prostitution or a brothel as convenient for further police sexual exploitation, incarceration in prison through entrapment, prosecution and conviction such as through a forced false confession, consignment to psychiatric hospital by branding LGBTQI persons as deviant, using social welfare authorities to socially extort LGBTQI persons not to remain visually and socially open as LGBTQI persons IRL, threatening LGBTQI with psychiatric incarceration so as to drug them into passivity and so on and so forth. The police may deploy recruited employees from other government agencies (including municipal employees and the tax authority) as well so as to extort, interrogate, harass, discriminate, insult, stigmatize, shame, induce guilt and otherwise extra-judicially mistreat LGBTQI persons.

Police and other government employees engaging in such mostly illegal activities do not typically risk criminal prosecution since the prosecutor’s office typically supports and condones police and other government anti-LGBTQI harassment but these institutions are however vulnerable to lawsuits and other public exposure. One of the best ways to handle public sector anti-LGBTQI mistreatment whether informal or organized by the police is thus to openly and transparently blog about those issues but do always keep in mind to adhere to the published rules of the web hosting service as complaints is an effective way to close down a blog for anyone (including police harassers) who do not like the content of that particular blog.

Victims of anti-LGBTQI mistreatment whether informal or as organized by the police need to form networks in sharing experiences of victimization and so publically sharing such experiences. Media exposure including blogging is particularly effective towards ultimately putting an end to public sector mistreatment against LGBTQI persons. Concerted national and international political action needs to be taken around the world to end the scourge of systemic abuse against LGBTQI persons by public sector employees including as organized by the police.