"To the other transgender and intersex women behind bars, don't give up. There is hope out there for us."
As May came to an end there was a buzz of hope and progress amongst the transgender prisoner population at FCI Petersburg, a medium-security federal prison in Petersburg, Virginia.
A recent First Circuit Court of Appeals decision regarding one trans woman, Michelle Kosilek, serving a life sentence for murder in a Massachusetts men's prison, was decided 3-2 on appeal on a claim brought under the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The report states that about “16% of transgender adults have been in a prison or jail for any reason. This compares with
Jane asked her supporters to share this representation of her so you can see her as the person that those of us who know her best do: a teenager who wants to smile with friends, shop for prom dresses with Janet Mock, and have a family to love her.
"Of course they're going to discriminate against me more because I am trans," McDonald said. "They create policies that they
Georgia's Department of Corrections declined to provide a comment for this story. A representative said the department doesn't
-- Same-sex marriage opponents look to be in dire financial straits, according to a Reuters report. According to the article
Since writing my book and describing the injustices I faced within the legal system, I have received letters from transgender inmates within the prison system. Their individual stories are very sad and disheartening. The legal system does not provide equal rights for transgender persons.
In its arguments before the court throughout both trials, the state repeatedly cited security concerns among the reasons