LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Holley Nees - email
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – An admitted cross dresser and transsexual feels her rights were violated when she was taken off her community service work at the Angelina County Courthouse, because she was dressed like a female.
Rufus Matts, who prefers to be referred to as "she," thinks it's because of her sexuality.
On the day in question, Matts showed up for her community service work dressed like a woman. She thinks it was the t-shirt with the bra underneath and Capris that caused her early dismissal. She said she had spent much of the day washing and wiping down windows. She said she had just returned from taking her break when one of the adult probation officers unexpectedly told her she could leave.
"I told her I was like, obviously what it was I wore my bra under my shirt and I guess they didn't like it," Matts said. "That just obviously has to be discrimination."
Matts said the probation department gave her full credit for the community service.
Matts says she's in the process of hormone replacement therapy, which is used in sex reassignment therapy, for transwomen (male-to-female).
"My probation officer called me to reschedule a meeting that we were supposed to have," Matts said. "She told me, she was like, 'well what went on with your community service?' I was like, 'what do you mean?' She was like, 'they said that you were inappropriately dressed and that you tried to use the wrong restroom.'"
Matts had started hormone replacement therapy and felt she needed to wear a bra.
"It said 'no shorts, no tank tops, no flip-flops,'" Matts said. "I think that was all that was on there. So, were does it say I can't wear a bra under my shirt? Nowhere."
She said she called the supervising officer.
"He couldn't give me a reason, he was just like, 'well you're not the first, you won't be the last person to be refused,'" Matts said.
The adult probation department would not comment specifically on the Matts case, but they did have a lot to say about the rules of community service. Matts was doing community service as part of her sentence for "passing a forgery."
"You let somebody that looks unprofessional, that looks tacky, you know what I'm saying at work, you know what I mean, at least me, I'll look fabulous," Matts said.
Matts says she'll dress as a male if that's what she has to do to finish her 144 hours of community service.