Transsexuals in prison dating
“For transgender women of color who are housed in men’s facilities as was Ms.Doe, the daily stresses of prison life are severely and unfairly compounded.Should that happen, I would prefer to be accommodated within the female estate.I identify with women, my hormone levels are in the female range and my sex characteristics look female. As long ago as 1989, Stephanie Booth – a notable transsexual and the founder of the Transformation business – was held at Askham Grange Women’s Prison after being convicted for dealing in pornography.GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) and Prisoners Legal Services (PLS) announced today that Jane Doe, a transgender woman who had been incarcerated at Norfolk State men’s prison has been transferred to the state’s women’s facility at Framingham.At Norfolk State Prison, Doe, who has lived as a woman for forty years, was consistently harassed, groped, and cat-called by prisoners and staff alike.Transgender women in men’s correctional facilities face degradation, humiliation, and risks of sexual violence.Transgender people who are incarcerated are doing their time.
In the male population we are at risk from men who see us as an affront to masculinity; in the female population we pose a risk to women.We all deserve to be treated like human beings.” Represented by GLAD and PLS, Doe, who is serving a sentence for a non-violent drug offense, filed a federal lawsuit under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), asking for a transfer and other accommodations, such as being searched only by female guards and being called by her proper name.In June, a federal judge ruled in a strongly-worded opinion that Doe was likely to prevail in her ADA claims – the first time the ADA has successfully been used to protect a transgender prisoner.I was threatened, harassed, and humiliated nearly every day, and lived in constant fear for my safety. I’m serving my time, but no one should have to face what I did when I was at Norfolk.
I hope my case can lead to the transfer and humane treatment of other transgender women in prison.
But if people like White are too dangerous to be put with women, perhaps they’re too dangerous for me also, should we be housed together in a transgender wing.