The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Men’s Central Jail has a one-of-a-kind wing for gay and transgender inmates — and it’s so popular that corrections officers actually have to test inmates on their sexuality to keep straight men out.
As the inmates described it in an in-depth report and video from LA Weekly, the wing gives gay and transgender prisoners a chance to express themselves freely without worrying about the politics and judgement (and often violence) that are prevalent in other parts of the Los Angeles jail.
The inmates’ creativity and relative freedom can be seen in their altered prison gear. They often cut up sheets into dresses and underwear and dye clothes with candies like Skittles. Some show off their creations by walking through impromptu runways between beds, as other inmates cheer them on.
Sounds like (some people’s idea of) fun. Who does a TG have to kill to get in on that?
Would LA County consider allowing rednecks to tear the sleeves off their prison jumpsuits and cut up their sheets to make do-rags? I would have thought destruction of jail property was a no-no.