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My Name Is June Martinez

Prison Environment for Transgendered Persons A Report Delivered at Sociologists for Women in Society and Transgender 102 Meeting, Philadelphia, August 2005

in Interrupted Life

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780520252493
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944565 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520252493.003.0028
My Name Is June Martinez

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In this chapter, the author, a transgendered Latina, offers insight into the unique hardships encountered by incarcerated transgender women, sometimes at the hands of prison administrators, sometimes via other incarcerated women. The dearth of support groups for transgender women makes it particularly difficult for prisons to meet the special health care, emotional, and safety concerns of imprisoned transgender women. The author calls for more resources and anti-discrimination measures so that transgender women can find support inside and upon release from prison. She argues that if outside gay groups got involved with the Department of Corrections, much of the discrimination beyond prison walls would be eliminated and the staff members could learn more about the lives of gay men and transgender women.

Keywords: transgender women; incarcerated women; discrimination; support; prison; gay men

Chapter.  1597 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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