Despite last year’s news being filled with the tragic stories of black trans women murdered by white men over in the states and trans women fearing for their lives in all-male jails here in the UK, the danger they are facing as a minority hasn’t yet ceased. And mistakes such as the latter are still being made by authorities. Now, Merci Chrisette, a black trans woman from Brooklyn, is being held in an all-male facility in New York despite not being male. A funding page has been set up asking for donations towards the things she needs while inside and to support her immediately after her release.
On December 18 Chrisette threatened someone with a knife on the subway and the altercation was recorded, uploaded online and then shared widely with the intention of tracking her down. She turned herself in to local authorities a week later. According to her petition page, she was allegedly harassed which led to this incident.