“It was like my identity was taken away from me,” she said.Mary maintains it was unnecessary and unfair for her to be put in male prisons.Baker’s personal story of life behind bars is shared in the book’s postscript.She describes in detail the discrimination, verbal, physical and sexual abuse that she has experienced since coming out as trans while in prison. Complaints she has made about her treatment have fallen on deaf ears.Joshua Vallum, 29, a member of the Latin Kings gang, pleaded guilty to fatally beating and stabbing 17-year-old Mercedes Williamson, whom he had dated.
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Drawing upon her more than 25 years in custody, Baker seeks to help fill this gap.
She has also spoken to me as part of my ongoing research into LGBT prisoners.
“It was hell on earth, it was as if I died and this was my punishment.” While inside, Mary said she was also forced to endure another type of abuse – the denial of her gender.
She said her long hair was cut off by another prisoner and that she was not allowed to take her hormones, so began to grow facial hair.
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