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A Transgender Woman Arrested During Baltimore Protests Is Being Held In A Men's Facility

Along with the inherent violence of being misgendered, transgender women are significantly more likely to face violence, harassment and abuse while in prison.

According to Mashable, a transgender woman arrested during this week's protests is being held in a male holding cell, and is being forced to wear a "revealing tank top," according to the woman's lawyer. The lawyer is asking media to not use the woman's name to protect her safety and privacy at this time.

Her lawyers told Mashable that when they raised concerns about their clients' treatment, the officials were not sympathetic. Along with the inherent violence of being misgendered, transgender women are significantly more likely to face violence, harassment and abuse while in prison.

According to Mashable, the woman was outside a clothing store on Pennsylvania avenue when she was arrested, along with 13 other people. She was filming the protests and the looting on her cell phone.

While she was initially booked as a woman (the way she's identified since she was 14 years old), Mashable reports that police found old documents that showed she had been assigned male at birth, so they booked her as a man in Baltimore's central booking.

Her lawyer, Astrid Munn, told Mashable that "Officials then forced the woman to remove her bra and hand it over... giving her a semi-transparent tank top that reveals the outline of her nipples."

The woman, who earns about $300 a week working at a salon and is also on public assistance, is facing a bail of $100,000 shortly for her misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree burglary, Mashable writes.

"In every respect, she's a woman," Munn told Mashable of her client. "She stood in stark contrast to the [men] in the jail."