Trans women across the world are having to serve prison sentences with males

Christina Vixx

Christina Vixx

I was born and raised in Toronto Canada. I love writing, poetry and music. I'm a contributor for SocialMediaMorning. Make sure you follow me on Twitter and Facebook!

IN many ways, transgender people are prisoners in their own bodies for some time.

But once they accept their gender dysphoria, they are released to live their lives as a man or a woman, the way they felt they were always meant to.

However if a trans person is thrown in prison, their gender is decided for them.

The case of Clayton James Palmer, 38, made headlines this week after the transgender woman was arrested and forced to serve her sentence in a male prison in Western Australia.

Palmer is a prostitute and was accused of infecting a Perth man with HIV after having unprotected sex between January and August last year.

Palmer, who advertised her services under the name Sienne Fox, was allegedly diagnosed with HIV about a year before having unprotected sex and she missed a follow-up medical appointment.

She is currently sitting in prison but people on the outside fear for her time in jail and what living among males could do to her mental state.

It is not far removed from the storyline out of Netflix series Orange is the New Black, but it’s a reality a lot of transgender people face.

Tara Hudson was moved to a female prison after 150,000 people signed a petition. Source: SnapperSource:Snapper Media
Tara Hudson was moved to a female prison after 150,000 people signed a petition. Source: SnapperSource:Snapper Media

ust last year, transgender woman Tara Hudson spent a week in an all-male prison in Gloucestershire, where she was reportedly tormented.

She was moved to a female prison after 150,000 people signed a petition.

Hudson’s lawyer Nicholas Wragg said his client was locked in a cell at the male prison for 23 hours a day.

Her mother said her daughter wouldn’t be safe if she was not in a female environment.

“There’s nothing male about her, nobody would know the difference. She looks like a woman. She’s gorgeous,” the mother said.

“We think it’s totally outrageous. I don’t think she will cope well at all. I just feel the men are going to go after her. It’s going to be humiliating.”

Then there’s the case of Vicky Thompson who was found dead in an all-male jail in Armley in November last year.

Her lawyer was pushing to get her into a female prison as Thompson told friends she would kill herself if she had to serve her sentence in a male prison.

Vicky Thompson died in prison. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied
Vicky Thompson died in prison. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied
CeCe McDonald was put in jail for defending herself. Source: Funcrunch photoSource:Supplied
CeCe McDonald was put in jail for defending herself. Source: Funcrunch photoSource:Supplied

There are many similar cases in America but there has been one woman prisoner in particular, CeCe McDonald, who has gained worldwide attention for fighting for the rights of transgender people.

Ms McDonald could almost be confused with Laverne Cox’s character in Orange is the New Black — she’s chic with her long manicured nails and lengthy locks.

Her story about being on the inside is far less glamorous, but her prison sentence was just the start of a long political journey.

There are many similar cases in America but there has been one woman prisoner in particular, CeCe McDonald, who has gained worldwide attention for fighting for the rights of transgender people.

Ms McDonald could almost be confused with Laverne Cox’s character in Orange is the New Black — she’s chic with her long manicured nails and lengthy locks.

Her story about being on the inside is far less glamorous, but her prison sentence was just the start of a long political journey.

Courtesy of Newcom.au by Olivia Lambert/Feature photo Laverne Cox in Orange is the New Black. Source: Supplied

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