Please consider helping, and raising awareness for, the family member of a friend who founded a trans community drop-in support group and was targeted by a hostile parent of one of her clients. The father of a questioning young trans person called the police on the clinic’s founder – and she has been held by police and charged with “contributing to the delinquency of a minor”.
My name is Julianna Fialkowski.
Two months ago, I began a transgender community and support group in the barren and unforgiving climate of small town Lynchburg, VA.
In the process of helping persons of all ages to explore their identities in a safe space with like minded sponsors and adults, I have come to be personally attacked by the hateful parent of an attending minor.
Within just eleven days of meeting this child, their father has brought police to disrupt my life, taking out his frustration and fear on me.
Ms Fialkowski was also forced to endure a strip-search “exposing myself and my breasts before four male deputies.” The police also threatened to send her to a male jail facility.
According to Julianna Fialkowski, 25, she found out about the unnamed, 17-year-old transmale after a cry for help went out on the social media site Facebook late last month. The youth claimed that he was self harming- adding that he was suicidal.
(…) Fialkowski found the youth’s house through an internet search, and accompanied by a prayer chaplain from a local trans support group, went to the home to offer their assistance. After a dispute between the youth and his parents, the youth left the house, indicating to that his father had kicked him out and that he had permission to leave.
Fialiowski said that she and the prayer chaplain, Lindy Ramsey, took the youth to Ramsey’s home where he was offered a place to stay temporarily, an offer the pair claimed they had made the youth’s parents aware of.
(…) However, police returned later with a warrant for her arrest charging her with contributing to the delinquency of a minor – a Class 1 misdemeanor.
She turned herself into the Lynchburg Police department later that night and said that she was misgendered by the magistrate who along with police and jail officials addressed her as “Sir” and “Mr. Fialkowski” throughout the process.
See also: Lynchburg transadvocate arrested after assisting at-risk youth (gayrva.com)