A notorious London gangster has opened up about her traumatic experience coming out as transgender in prison, where she was the subject of horrific abuse.
Sarah Jane Baker found herself in a male prison after she was found guilty of kidnapping and torturing her stepmother’s brother.
The gangster eventually served 30 years in prison after the attempted murder of another prisoner, and has claimed that she was subect to horrific abuse for her openly transgender status.
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Speaking to the Anything Goes with James English podcast, Sarah Jane detailed how she had nearly lost her life when she decided to take her gender dysphoria into her own hands.
“I hated my body and I reached out to the staff and said to them, ‘if you don’t help me, I will help myself’, and they just laughed,” she remembered.
“I said, ‘I will remove my own testicles, that’s what I’ll do’… I am genuinely a person of my word, if I tell you I’m going to do something then I’m going to do it.
“I’ve also been diagnosed with a personality disorder and one of my risk factors is being impulsive. It was an impulsive decision that I made to take a prison razor blade at 2 o’clock in the morning and to remove my own testicles.”
With hindsight, Sarah Jane admitted that this had been an incredibly “dangerous” decision, but stressed that it had felt like an “important” one given the seriousness of her gender dysphoria at the time.
She continued: “When I went to a hospital and they helped tie up the loose odds and ends, apparently they said that I did a really good job, because I did actually research what I was doing… Although there was a lot of blood loss.”
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Sarah Jane was eventually released from prison towards the end of 2019, after finally being given oestrogen hormones by the authorities following her violent self-harming incident.
She is now living as a woman full-time and is even campaigning to become the Member of Parliament for Richmond during the next general election.
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