“…. come on I am African american woman who is transgender… that won’t change…I now have to be there for this child…Unexpected and Unplanned yet appreciative for this,” the inmate wrote in a May Twitter post.
One of the most controversial facets of the gender identity debate has been the insistence by transgender rights advocates to house transgender women inmates in women’s prisons, whether those inmates have “transitioned” or not.
The main concerns, of course, revolve around the safety of the women prisoners considering some transgender women who have been placed in such facilities were previously convicted of sexual assault against women. One of the more notorious cases has been that of transgender female inmate Karen White (formerly known as Stephen Wood), who according to the UK Daily Mail is a “convicted paedophile on remand for grievous bodily harm, multiple rapes and other sexual offences against women” who allegedly went on to sexually assault more women once incarcerated.
Another primary concern is the possibility that the transgender female inmate will have “relations” with willing inmates and in the process get them pregnant, which is exactly what happened in a New Jersey correctional facility earlier this year, according to news reports in April about inmate Demi Minor (formerly known as Demetrius Minor).
Minor, who is serving 30 years in prison for manslaughter, admitted to impregnating two women in what have been described in so many words as consensual hook-ups:
New Jersey’s Department of Corrections admitted on Tuesday that two women prisoners have become pregnant after having sex with transgender women at [Edna Mahan Correctional Facility], the state’s only women’s prison. Minor has admitted online that she is responsible for both pregnancies.
Minor also complained that all three inmates are now being held in solitary confinement.
The 800-inmate Mahan facility began housing transgender women – including those that have yet to undergo gender reassignment surgery – last year after a lawsuit brought by an inmate and the ACLU. It now has 27 trans prisoners.
A source familiar with the prison told DailyMail.com cell doors are left open during recreation time, so inmates can theoretically use those periods to sneak into each other’s cells or slip into a bathroom for quickie sex.
The Daily Mail described one of the pregnant women, who will give birth in the fall, as “a double murderer who killed a couple as they returned home from their engagement party” in April 2010.
In an update to this story and after outcry over the reports of the pregnancies, Minor – who is 27 – has since been moved “to the vulnerable unit” at the Garden State Youth Correctional Facility, per NJ.com, which went to great pains to use Minor’s preferred pronouns:
Transgender woman who impregnated 2 inmates removed from N.J.’s female prison https://t.co/CnJkHCn9cC
— njdotcom (@njdotcom) July 16, 2022
From the story:
Dan Sperrazza, a Department of Corrections spokesman, said … the DOC moved Minor to the vulnerable unit at the facility and that she is currently the only woman prisoner on the site. Sperrazza said he could not comment on the DOC’s specific housing actions in Minor’s case because of policies around privacy.
According to the corrections department, Minor is serving a 30-year sentence for manslaughter and is eligible for parole in 2037.
Neither she nor her attorney could be reached for comment Friday.
But a July 5 post on Minor’s website claims corrections officers forcibly removed her from Edna Mahan and beat her during the transfer to Garden State Youth Correctional facility.
11 years ago, however, NJ.com reported on the story of Minor’s admission of guilt in his manslaughter case using masculine pronouns, presumably because Minor had not yet started identifying as a woman:
A Gloucester Township teenager has admitted to killing his foster father in July.
Demetrius Minor, 16, pleaded guilty Friday to aggravated manslaughter in the July 11 death of Theotis Butts. Minor also pleaded guilty to carjacking in connection with a May 29 incident in which he ordered a couple out of their Pontiac Grand Prix at gunpoint and drove away with their vehicle, a spokesman for Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk said.
A warrant had been issued for Minor’s arrest in connection with the carjacking when he broke into Butts’ home on the first block of Hemlock Drive in Gloucester Township on July 11. Butts, a 67-year-old retiree, had taken Minor in from the foster system, though Minor was no longer living there. According to township police records, Minor had burglarized the home numerous times after moving out. Minor stabbed Butts several times and fled to New York City. He was arrested in the Bronx on July 12.
Though it’s unclear when Minor began claiming to be a woman, in a Twitter post believed to be from Minor’s account, in June 2020 Minor complained of an inability to begin “her” gender transition:
It is incredibly lonely beginning your gender transition inside of a men's prison, especially when COVID restrictions prevent you from starting hormones. Please write me so I can celebrate #PrideMonth too:
Demetrius Minor #494475E
215 S. Burlington Road
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
— Ms. Demi Minor (@freeMsDemi) June 1, 2020
In a May tweet, Minor proclaimed a “readiness… to be there for this child” following the reports of the pregnancies:
The last weeks, everyone has spoken about the pregnancies at Edna Mahan correctional Facility, come on I am African american woman who is transgender… that won't change…I now have to be there for this child…Unexpected and Unplanned yet appreciative for this.
— Ms. Demi Minor (@freeMsDemi) May 23, 2022
The Twitter account believed to be Minor’s contains a mixture of “woke” calls for “prison reform” and several brief videos posted from prison where the complaints about allegedly horrible conditions and treatment are numerous.
— Ms. Demi Minor (@freeMsDemi) January 31, 2022
Minor’s Facebook page contains numerous messages expressing a supposed excitement about the impending births and a supposed concern for the mothers.
Not surprisingly, NJ.com took a lot of heat for their framing of the story of Minor’s transfer, including in this tweet from attorney Candice Jackson, whose Twitter bio lists her as a “fmr. Acting Asst Sec for Civil Rights, and Dep General Counsel, at US Dept of Education” under the Trump administration:
No…no kind of woman has ever impregnated a woman. The male criminal housed in women’s prison, who used his penis to impregnate two women, has been removed from a facility he never belonged in. https://t.co/ZvP1Ji0MWM
— Candice Jackson (@CEJacksonLaw) July 17, 2022
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