“Not less than 40% of individuals incarcerated in American ladies’s prisons determine someplace beneath the broad lesbian-bisexual-trans-queer umbrella—a surprising statistic that holds true when detention facilities for teenagers as effectively,” historian Hugh Ryan lately wrote in The Washington Submit. “As ladies’s incarceration skyrockets in America—growing 700% in simply the previous 40 years—naming and coping with the homophobia and transphobia at its root is essential to understanding this phenomenon and unraveling it.” On this version of Rattling the Bars, Mansa Musa speaks with Ryan about why so many LGBTQ persons are incarcerated right now and the way sexism, homophobia, and transphobia grew to become baked-in options of our trendy prison-industrial complicated.

Hugh Ryan is a New York-based historian, curator, and writer of The Girls’s Home of Detention: A Queer Historical past of a Forgotten Jail and When Brooklyn Was Queer.

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The transcript of this video can be made obtainable as quickly as doable.

Mansa Musa (previously Charles Hopkins) is a 70-year-old social activist. He was launched from jail on December 5, 2019, after serving 48 years, 9 months, 5 days, 16 hours, 10 minutes. He co-hosts the TRNN authentic present Rattling the Bars.

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