Trans women on second week of prison hunger strike

Published: October 2, 2012

Two trans women in a San Diego prison entered their second week of hunger strike over the weekend.

Amazon and Catarina, both trans women imprisoned at that Richard J. Donovan Correctional facility, have refused food since Sept. 21 in a strike “against the unfair treatment of trans women within [the prison],” according to a release from radical trans women’s collective Gender Anarky (of which both inmates are members).

Since both Amazon and Catarina are trans women in a men’s prison, the inmates have been held in isolated, single cells — despite having asked to share a cell with each other. It is not clear what convictions the two inmates are serving time for — Gender Anarky does not list its members’ crimes; to do so would be to use the logic of the prison system, which they fight against.

Transgender individuals are regularly put on single-cell status, or even moved into solitary confinement in the U.S. prison system.

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