The Trump administration recently removed some protections for transgender inmates instituted in the waning months of the Obama administration. The new rule requires transgender inmates to be housed according to their biological sex and not the gender they identify with. It also restricts hormone treatments and other gender transition therapies. That’s one instance that creates confusion and possibly dangerous conditions for LGBTQ and two spirit people in jail or prison. We’ll talk with Native LGBTQ2 people about the unique challenges they face behind bars.
Hayley Domingo (Navajo) – former prisoner and a student
Renee Gray (Navajo) – independent consultant on LGBTQ issues
Cathy Kapua (Native Hawaiian) – trans advocate
Max Lucky (Northern Cheyenne/Choctaw) organizer with the advocacy group Trans Pride Initiative
Break 1 Music: Enaemaekisaeh (song) Wayne Silas Jr (artist) Infinite Passion (album)
Break 2 Music: Stick Game Song #9 (song) Judy Trejo (artist) Stick Game Songs of the Paiute (album)