Black Transgender Woman Arrested Because She’s A Black Transgender Woman

Meagan Taylor

Meagan Taylor

Imagine, for a second, that you find yourself face to face with a cop. The same cop who is arresting you because you are a black transgender woman. How can this be? This is America, right?

For Meagan Taylor, 22, this might as well be Nazi Germany. Meagan’s horrific battle with Des Moines police is only beginning. On July 13, Meagan was arrested after someone called police to report that “two men dressed as women” were in a hotel room at the Drury Inn. That ‘someone’ turned out to be staff at the hotel, who feared the two women were involved in prostitution.

 

Catilyn Jenner

Catilyn Jenner

Since her arrest, Meagan has been confined in isolation. Police are confused on how to classify a woman with breasts and a penis. In the same week that Caitlyn Jenner was honored in Los Angeles with a Courage Award for being open about her gender transformation, Meagan Taylor was jailed after attracting unwanted attention for hers. Meagan was also charged with possession of prescription drugs, drugs that are classified as a diuretic and used for her hormone therapy.

Meagan will most likely spend the next several weeks in jail, all alone in isolation. Because she is from out of state, she is not permitted to pay the 10% of her $2,000 bond. In fact, she must find someone who is a local and have them co-sign the paperwork. Her next court date is August 25.

 

Daniele Watts

Daniele Watts

Why do police automatically assume that a black woman is a prostitute? It’s a disturbing trend exhibited by police. Last year, the police mistook a black actress as a prostitute because she was kissing he white partner.  Of course police said they were there because someone had reported inappropriate behavior, but the “Django Unchained” star says she was targeted because she is black and the police assumed that because she was kissing a white man, she must be a prostitute.

 

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