Trans Prisoners in BC Can’t Get their Day in Court

One woman’s story shows how BC Corrections discriminates against trans people.

Tessa Vikander
Aug 25 · 12 min read
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Original illustrations by Bug Cru
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Trans prisoners are up to 10 times more likely to be sexually harassed or assaulted than cis prisoners.

Coming out behind bars

There was nobody that I could talk to to figure out who I was.

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People who are subject to extra scrutiny end up in extra trouble.

Back where she didn’t belong

Prison officials put the onus on transgender prisoners to name the people who are harassing them, when sometimes they’ve been witness to it in the first place.

Challenging the system

Right before her court challenge would have been heard, the prison transferred Beaumann to the women’s jail.

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Asparagus tells the large and small stories of how we can live sustainably, from an environmental, social, and cultural perspective.

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