San Quentin-Not Good

I have recently arrived at San Quentin prison.  Before leaving I asked a lot of prisoners and staff at my prior prison about San Quentin.  It would seem that the stories told are false. Part of a lawsuit won by recently in CA, allowed a transwoman in a state prison to wear the same state clothing as the women in female CDCR {CA Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation} prisons. At CMF, the prior prison I was at, the transwomen had all of the state clothes given to them.  Here at San Quentin it is not the case.  I am still wearing the same clothes that the men wear with the CDCR logo on them.  The women’s pants and blouses do not have the logo.  I have filed a 602 grievance and contacted the Trans Justice Project.  I was also informed that the staff here at SQ are more open minded.  Not the case.  In the first 14 days of being here, I have been called he, Mr and gentleman by the staff. Each time, I politely corrected the staff and asked if they had pronoun training.  All said yes but apparently all were asleep during the process.  To make matters worse, the LGBT community is very divided especially the transgenders.  I just don’t understand why we can’t work together.  Lisa Strawn #D01271, S.Q.S.P./W-B-4-79, San Quentin CA 94974

Author: lagai

LAGAI-Queer Insurrection is one of the oldest radical queer liberation groups in the U.S. We publish UltraViolet, a more or less bimonthly newspaper, which is mailed free of charge to over 1500 people, including over 800 prisoners. Our website is www.lagai.org.

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