A man has married a Transgender woman who he fell in love with when they were both inmates in a prison.

Monae Alvarado who was born a man and at the time she met Adriel, she was working in the laundry department of a Pennsylvania prison.

Monae had begun the process for hormone replacement but she had not undergone a reconstructive surgery to change her gender.

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According to a report published on, as at when Monae was sentenced it was policy to incarcerate pre-surgery transgender people based on their gender at birth so she had to be imprisoned with males and that was how she met Adriel.

The couple knew what they meant to each other hence they did not let the opposition from prison officials and inmates separate them.

Adriel engaged Monae whilst in the prison with the hope of marrying officially when Monae as Adriel was the one freed first.

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Adriel speaking to Truly said: ‘I think being inside was the foundation that made our relationship. ‘I saw Monae at her lowest, Monae saw me at my lowest. I saw her at her happiest, she’s seen me at my happiest.’


‘We wanted to get married as inmates in the prison but there was no policy in place to marry two inmates at the time’.

Monae added: ‘We had that unique bond in prison, so I guess what makes us stronger.’

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According to Adriel, immediately Monae left prison she rushed to have top and bottom surgery ahead of their wedding day.

Monae’s mother and godfather were the only family members that attended.

Adriel said: ‘I got my hair braided, I got my state browns pressed with starch and all that. It was in the visiting room. Nobody was there, it was just me, Monae, Monae’s mother, Monae’s godfather, a couple of councilors, union manager and the lady that officiated the wedding and the reverend.’

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