North Carolina refuses to move transgender woman from men’s prison

Kanautica Zayre-Brown, a transgender inmate in North Carolina

Despite numerous requests, North Carolina refuses to move a transgender woman from a men’s prison to a women’s.

According to the News & ObserverKanautica Zayre-Brown went to prison in 2017 as a habitual felon. She was convicted of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretenses.

‘I understand I’m in prison,’ Zayre-Brown, 37, said. She faces a sentence of up to nearly 10 years. While she admits and regrets her wrongdoing, she says all she wants now is ‘fairness’.

The same year Zayre-Brown went to prison, she completed her gender confirmation surgery. Medical professionals removed her male genitalia and she also received breast augmentation.

Despite living as a woman, Zayre-Brown continues to sleep in a bunk with 38 men at Harnett Correctional, a men’s prison in Lillington. She also has to change and shower in front of male inmates.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Jerry Higgins said her case is under review.

North Carolina’s new policy

In 2018, the state passed a new policy providing requests and resources for transgender inmates.

This allows requests for behavior health or medical services if their gender identity causes dysphoria, or distress. It also permits these inmates to receive hormone therapy ‘if it was prescribed before prison time’, gender-appropriate undergarments and housing.

Zayre-Brown has not only requested a transfer to a women’s prison, but also things like women’s underwear.

‘Underwear, bras, hygiene, shoes,’ she said. ‘Anything the policy allows me to have, they don’t do it.’

Her husband, Dionne Brown, visits and calls regularly. He told News & Observer he is not comfortable with where she is.

‘I don’t feel comfortable with her being with a bunch of men like that under that type of pressure,’ he said. ‘I married her and she’s considered herself a female the entire time.’

He continued: ‘I don’t feel safe for her. She doesn’t feel safe.’

Zayre-Brown said being transferred to the women’s prison would allow her to wake up as she’s meant to — as a ‘beautiful girl’.

Problems faced by trans inmates

Transgender inmates face a litany of problems, not only in the US but across the world.

In Turkey, one inmate recently started another hunger strike as pleas for gender confirmation surgery fall on deaf ears.

Across the English Channel in the UK, authorities recently moved trans women to men’s prisons. They also announced they’re scrapping their trans-inclusive policy and releasing new guidelines soon.

Rarely, these cases end in victory.

Deon ‘Strawberry’ Hampton, a trans female inmate in Illinois, won her request to be transferred to a women’s prison late last year. Following the movie, she spoke about her relief and how she now feels safe.

See also

Police in India arrest two over beheading of trans priest

School board in Virginia may end its trans bathroom ban months before court case

Insurance company revokes trans man’s coverage during surgery

Author: Anya Crittenton

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Gay Waitress Gets Outpouring of Support After Viral Video Reveals Customer Wrote ‘I Don’t Tip Fags’ on Receipt: WATCH

Michele Crider, a waitress at the Dash-In restaurant in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is getting an outpouring of support from local customers and people around the world after she posted a video to Facebook revealing that a customer wrote “I don’t tip fags” on his receipt.

Said Crider in the video: “Why did you feel the need, sir, to write that on there? If you don’t like gay people, then that’s…whatever. It is what it is. But to say something like that? Just don’t tip me! Are you aware that I just paid for you to eat? I’m sure that doesn’t cross your mind. When you look at me all you see is a fag. But I need you to know something. I’m a lot more than that. I’m a mother. I work my butt off sir, to pay my bills, to put my son into a good school and pay that tuition…You don’t know me. You don’t know who I am. You just look at me and see this girl wearing boy clothes and having short hair and ‘she must be a fag.’ I don’t know what happened to you in your life to make you such a miserable person, sir, but I feel very sorry for you.”

Crider’s video has been viewed more than 460,000 times as of this posting.

WPTA Fort Wayne reports: “She says her Dash-In work family showered her with hugs and support, and within minutes, even got her a bouquet of flowers. Word about what happened is spreading.”

Said Dash-In owner Emily Underwood: “Today we have been getting lots and lots of phone calls. people dropping off gifts, people dropping off money, wanting to give Michele the tips she deserves, and just people wanting to show their support.”

Check out the Fort Wayne local report HERE.

Said one customer to WPTA: “I cannot believe you would victimize someone just because of the way they look, and not tip someone, and say something so awful to just a human being. Everyone’s just a person.”

Added another: “I think everyone deserves love, everyone deserves respect. And to come to someone’s workplace when they’re working really hard to survive and to just not tip them over something like that is just incredibly appalling.”

The man who wrote on Crider’s receipt has been identified, and won’t be welcome there anymore, said the restaurant.

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Gavin Grimm’s Former School District Considers Ending the Discriminatory Transgender Bathroom Ban That Made National Headlines

Gavin Grimm’s four year battle against the Gloucester County School Board’s discriminatory transgender bathroom ban may finally be bearing some fruit.

Grimm’s case against his former Virginia school district, which made its way to SCOTUS before that court handed it back to the lower courts without considering it, is still in flux, but the Gloucester County School Board last night held a hearing on allowing transgender students to use the restroom corresponding to their gender identity.

The AP reports: “The Gloucester County School appeared starkly divided Tuesday over the prospect of ending the policy, provoking citations of scripture and the higher suicide rate among transgender teens. The district has drawn national attention for its transgender bathroom ban. Concerns were also raised about the cost of a yearslong lawsuit.”

A vote was not taken Tuesday night. But Grimm’s case continues.

The AP added: “Grimm has also been expanding his case against the school board. A federal judge ruled Thursday that he can sue over its refusal to change the gender on his high school transcript, which still lists him as female. Grimm said the unchanged transcript will stigmatize him every time he applies to a college or potential employer that asks for it.”

Last May,  the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia denied the school board’s motion to dismiss Grimm’s case after the U.S. Supreme Court handed it back to the lower court.

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