Monday, 11 April 2011

This is Not OK, Australia

Heard about this on National Radio this morning, horrified:
"She was held in the cells at the Sydney Police Centre in Surry Hills for five days before being transferred to the Metropolitan Remand and Reception Centre, a male facility at Silverwater.

Two days later, the 34-year-old pre-operative transgender male-to-female used a bed sheet to hang herself from a top bunk bed in her cell while awaiting classification."

I really struggled to find an article I was comfortable linking to about this, not least because most of them were just repeats of the AAP story I've chosen in the end. It's far from ideal imho, although it does at least respect Ms Baxter's identification as a woman. I really really don't like the title at all "Transgender inmate suicide not preventable". Sounds to me from reading the article that it was entirely preventable. Not Ok, Australia.


Deborah said...

It's not okay. But I have the horrid feeling that a transgender woman wouldn't be treated any better over here either. Possibly no matter whether she was sent to a men's jail or a women's one.

Julie said...

Good point, Deborah. Didn't mean to imply NZ has got it right!