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WHEN asked ‘how did you meet?’ Adriel and Monae Alvarado’s story is like no other. The couple met at SCI (State Correctional Institution) Chester, a medium security male prison in Pennsylvania. Both Adriel and Monae were inmates who first exchanged glances in the prison laundry. Monae identified as a trans woman and had already started to take hormone replacements before entering the prison but she hadn’t yet had surgery. When Monae and Adriel got together they came across opposition from both in and out of prison. From the staff and fellow prisoners inside the prison to family and fellow gang members on the outside world, the couple’s unlikely love story left a lot of people with a lot of questions. Over five and a half years later the couple have finally reunited on the outside world with Adriel finishing his sentence and getting ready to start a new life together with the wife he has yet to live with.
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Videographer / director: Marcus Cooper
Producer: Nathalie Bonney, Ruby Coote
Editor: Sonia Estal
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