In her new book, Transgender Behind Prison Walls, Sarah Baker has added her voice to this conversation.
As a transgender woman serving time in a men’s prison, Baker is all too aware of the lack of help, advice or information for transgender inmates or the staff responsible for their safety and well-being.
It is named for Shepard, a 21-year-old gay Wyoming man who was killed in 1998 after being beaten and tied to a fence, and for Byrd, a 49-year-old black man murdered in Texas that same year by white supremacists who dragged him behind their truck and decapitated him.
Learn more about how transgender public figures, including Chelsea Manning, Jen Richards, Laverne Cox, Janet Mock, Caitlyn Jenner, Chaz Bono, and others are shaping and pushing forward the agenda of the LGBT rights movement.
Baker’s personal story of life behind bars is shared in the book’s postscript.
She describes in detail the discrimination, verbal, physical and sexual abuse that she has experienced since coming out as trans while in prison. Complaints she has made about her treatment have fallen on deaf ears.
The President made the announcement in a series of tweets, but offered no details on how they would be implemented.She alleges that she was blamed by an official for provoking attacks via her “lifestyle choice”, and finds herself unable to prove discrimination “without a paper trail”.A transgender woman has spoken of the "hell on earth" she suffered after being raped and abused more than 2,000 times in an all-male prison.Their deaths speak of the difficulties that transgender people face behind bars.The ongoing inquest into Thompson’s death sheds some light onto those experiences.