Trans YouTuber Nikita Dragun arrested and placed in the men’s unit of a Florida jail
It has since emerged that Dragun, who is trans and a woman, was held in a men’s unit of the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami following the incident. Additionally, she was misgendered on filings and documented with an ‘M’ marker.
Florida law states that trans inmates should be placed in gender-special prisons on a case-by-case basis.
In a hearing ahead of her release, the social media personality was asked by Judge Mindy Glazer how she would like to be referred, to which she replied “she/her, please”.
Dragun’s arrest on November 7 came after the influencer allegedly caused a disturbance at the Maimi hotel and walked around its pool naked.
Dragun faces charges of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and felony battery of a law enforcement officer.
Following the influencer’s arrest, her representatives have since spoken about how she was treated while detained by authorities.
“The situation with Nikita, who is legally female, being placed in a men’s unit of a Florida jail is extremely disturbing and dangerous,” her publicist Jack Ketsoyan said in a statement to E! News.
“This decision made by the Miami-Dade County Corrections Department directly violates their protocol, which mandates that transgender inmates are classified and housed based on safety needs and gender identity. Nikita has been released and is now safe. Thank you for respecting her privacy during this time.”
Nikita Dragun is one of the most well known trans women in the world; if this can happen to her, it can happen to any of us.
Trans women are women and belong in women’s spaces.
This is absolutely horrific and should be considered cruel and unusual punishment. pic.twitter.com/jHJgwlRug4
— Samantha Lux (@_samanthalux) November 9, 2022
just seen that Nikita Dragun is being kept in a mans prison, this is so fucking inhumane and the fact the news isn’t covering it is just even worse.
I’m not a fan of Nikita but this is a violation of human rights and her safety, they’ve even misgendered in her in the report. pic.twitter.com/qJo2SmJFhX
— Samantha (@itssamanthaaaa_) November 9, 2022
Nikita dragun being held in a men’s correctional facility is so disgusting and unsafe. No matter how much you hate her. The things that happen to MEN in those facilities are vial, just imagine what they’d do to her
— PARTY AT MY HOUSE (@wreakerofhavocs) November 9, 2022