Post-op transgender woman denied transfer from all-male prison, lives in ‘constant fear of being sexually assaulted’ by other inmates


A North Carolina transgender woman who was convicted of insurance fraud is set to spend 10 years behind the bars of a male prison, despite having breasts and female genitalia.

Kanautica Zayre-Brown, 37, is said to be the state’s only post-operative transgender prisoner, having made the full transition from male to female in 2017.

However, Zayre-Brown says the state refuses to recognize her as anything other than a man, referring to her as Kevin Chestnut – her birth name – even though it’s been legally changed.

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