Transgender inmate misgendered by Cuyahoga County Jail after death

Transgender inmate misgendered by Cuyahoga County Jail after death
Cuyahoga County Jail

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A 28-year-old woman died last Sunday after spending 105 days in the Cuyahoga County Jail, and county officials misgendered her when announcing her death.

The inmate’s name was actually Lea Rayshon Daye, according to a statement released by the Coalition to Stop the Inhumanity at the Cuyahoga County Jail, Equality Ohio, The Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless and The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland.

The statement said Lea was a Black transgender woman.

Lea was found unresponsive in the jail Aug. 30, and she was pronounced dead by EMS at 3:47 a.m.

The Medical Examiner’s Office and the Sheriff’s Department Detective Bureau are investigating Lea’s death.

“The system that continues to fail Black, brown and LGBTQ+ Ohioans is completely inept when interacting with those at the intersection of race and LGBTQ+ identity by not protecting them, especially in state custody,” Maya Simek, of Equality Ohio, said in the statement.

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NOTE: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated Lea’s gender identity and name per a report from Mary Madigan, Cuyahoga County Director of Communications. 19 News regrets this error.

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