When L.A. Weekly was allowed to take its video camera inside the one-of-a-kind gay wing of Los Angeles Men’s Central Jail, the first comment the videographer heard was “I love her shoes.” Then an impromptu fashion show broke out as gay men and transgender women romped between metal bunk beds showing off their hand-sewn mini-dresses and shabby chic jail couture fashioned from sheets and prison blues. It’s not shanks and muggings, but smuggled makeup and tears.
” Williams, a transgender inmate known on the inside as Yah Yah, glides past a hooting and hollering crowd of her fellow gay and transgender inmates, perched atop their beds for a prime view. She’s flaunting a white cotton halter-top baby-doll dress and matching white Cinderella gloves, hand-crafted for her by one of the trans women inside this infamously tough downtown L.A. jail. “