A protest late last week by transgender activists calling for reform at the Allegheny County Jail (AJC) resulted in 11 arrests pennlive reports
As the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports, the transgender activists say the jail has been housing transgender women with male inmates, and they accuse the jail of ignoring harassment and rapes of transgender people.
The jail’s warden has said policies have since been changed in order to better serve the trans community and said he would meet with the activists again.
But that didn’t stop the protest last Thursday in Pittsburgh, where 50 protesters affiliated with SisTers PGH, a transgender advocacy group, blocked the street starting at about 4 p.m. They carried signs, chanted and brought mock cardboard coffins, the Post-Gazette wrote, adding:
“What prompted this is black trans women getting out of ACJ, coming to my organization for housing services and reporting to us that they are being raped and sexually assaulted inside the jail by inmates and guards,” Ciora Thomas, founder of SisTers PGH, told the newspaper. “They are housed with men.”
The 11 protesters who were arrested were all cited with a summary violation of obstructing roadways, Pittsburgh police spokesman Chris Togneri said.
SisTers PGH, operates a TransLED Shelter transitioning program into permanent housing for trans/nonbinary people in Western Pa for those suffering from discrimination and homelessness.