Dating transgenders in prison
Lorenzo North, president of the union representing corrections officers, asserted that the fact that Saldana is transgender proves that the accused officer is innocent.As if being transgender means that one cannot be forced into oral sex.You might be better off if you lived somewhere that was more accepting to the way that you live.Diamond had already gone through an abrupt withdrawal from the hormones she says she had been taking: In a letter, dated 17 January and sent from inside the jail to friends, Dean describes feeling dehumanised and, making reference to Bobby Sands , the IRA hunger striker who died in the Maze prison in , said she would rather die than be denied her chosen gender.In series of letters to Solitary Watch, she described how she spent the first 17 years of her sentence in the closet–until one day, when three gang members assaulted her. So fast, with kaleidoscope of images and thought swirl in my overwhelmed mind.” She goes on to describe the rape in detail.She wrote:“[W]hile I fought, I was quickly beaten to shower floor. ()At first Gonzales was placed at the front of the tier.And certainly being transferred to a women’s facility is a priority for many transwomen locked up in New York and across the country.Under PREA, correctional facilities are supposed to determine housing for trans people on a case-by-case basis, taking into account where the individual feels they would be safest.
The accused officer was transferred to another prison after Saldana's recent complaint.
Federal judges in Massachusetts in 2011 and this year went further, saying the state must also provide “medically necessary” surgery. Department of Justice wrote guidelines for state prisons dealing with transgender inmates.“Medical experts do not view transitional treatments for transgender people as dangerous or experimental,” the guide reads, adding that the American Medical Association and the “agree that these transition-related treatments are effective and medically necessary for individuals who have been appropriately evaluated.”Some institutions have implemented policies even without the threat of litigation, including those in Harris County, Texas, and Cook County, Ill., both in 2013. The jail provides underwear that fit a person’s perceived gender and special shaving gels for inmates who want to get rid of their body hair.
Following a 2009 inmate lawsuit, the Federal Bureau of Prisons implemented a policy that allows transgender inmates in its system to receive treatment regardless of whether they were diagnosed before or after incarceration. (As a result, some advocates have suggested that the answer to keeping transwomen safe is creating policies for them to be more easily housed in women’s facilities, as has been done in a number of cities and states, including Denver, Washington, DC, and elsewhere.
So I had to endure that for a long period of time when I was in the box.()But after Saldana had the audacity to file a complaint about being being forced into oral sex with a corrections officer, prison officials listened into Saldana's phone conversations with her mother and learned that she is transgender.
She was immediately transferred to a men's prison and the investigation is apparently in jeopardy.