Gender Blender on 07/21/09

Air date: 
Tue, 07/21/2009 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Short Description: 
Gender in Correctional Facilities, especially treatment of transgender inmates.


Across this country there are dozens of women forced to serve time in mens’ correctional institutions. Our sex-segregated facilities aren’t the friendliest places for those with non conforming genders. Transgender women, especially those who haven’t undergone a total physical transformation including sex reassignment surgeries, are still regularly housed with male inmates. What is that experience like? What can be done to improve the situation? What happens to a trans person who is arrested in Portland? What other ways does gender impact the experience of inmates?
Gender Blender co-hosts Laura Calvo and Jacob Anderson-Minshall address these issues and more on this hour-long program. They will be speaking with a number of guests including a former police officer who now consults with correctional facilites on managing trans inmates; Ruth Kovacs, host of KBOO’s Prison Pipeline; and a representative from Multnomah County—one of the first localities to develop protocols for dealing with transgender inmates in their facilities.
Also appearing on the show will be Good Asian Drivers, aka lesbian folksinger Melissa Li and spoken word artist/trans guy Kit Yan who are on tour from New York, in Portland performing at SMRYC and the E-Room.

Calls are always welcome during the show


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