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Activists lying down in road to protest poor treatment of trans prisoners

Greta Williams Schultz

‘It’s outrageous that police officers, who collude in the oppression of LGBTQ people within prisons, are allowed to march at Manchester Pride’ one activist, Jess Bradley, said

Trans activists at today’s Manchester Pride lay down in the road to protest the relatively high incarceration rate of LGBTI people and poor treatment.

For example, they say the number of LGBTI people is much higher than it should be given the number in the larger population.

They also outline the need for transgender prisoners to be sent to the prisons coinciding with their gender.

Vicky Thompson was a transgender woman who was found unresponsive in her cell, in the men’s prison in HMP Leeds, late last year. She later died.

Before being incarcerated, she told friends she would end her life if sent to a male prison. The day before her death she complained to her boyfriend she had been bullied for wearing women’s clothes.

Jess Bradley, one of the activists at the demonstration, said she wished the police hadn’t been there.

‘It’s outrageous that police officers, who collude in the oppression of LGBTQ people within prisons, are allowed to march at Manchester Pride,’ she said.

The protesters are also campaigning against the planned new prison in Manchester, confirmed in early July

‘Today we have taken action in solidarity with trans and queer prisoners and against the building of a new US-style prison in Manchester.

‘We call upon the government to implement a nationwide ban on prison expansion and an urgent review into the conditions within prisons for LGBTQ prisoners,’ Bradley said.

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