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Transgender Prisoners

'Cruel and Unusual Punishment' of the Entire Trans Community

Dana Beyer | Posted 02.18.2015 | Gay Voices
Dana Beyer

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.

Christopher Mathias

New York's Largest Jail To Open Housing Unit For Transgender Women | Christopher Mathias | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices

NEW YORK -- The country’s second-largest jail will open a housing unit this week for transgender women, officials announced Tuesday, in a historic e...

Justice for Jane Doe and the Urgency of Survival

Chase Strangio | Posted 08.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Chase Strangio

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.

CeCe McDonald Shares The Struggles Of Being A Trans Woman In A Male Prison Facility

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 05.21.2014 | Gay Voices

Transgender activist CeCe McDonald was sentenced to 41 months in prison for manslaughter after a racist and transphobic attack against her turned dead...

Lila Shapiro

State Accused Of Sentencing Transgender Woman To 'Torture' | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.13.2014 | Gay Voices

Georgia's prison officials will have to explain themselves in court if they continue to refuse hormone therapy to transgender inmates, warns a letter ...

Judge OKs Transgender Inmate's Hormone Treatments

AP | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS | Posted 04.02.2014 | Gay Voices

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State prison officials must immediately resume hormone treatments for a transgender inmate who argued that she suffered a medi...

Morning Links: Gay Marriage Foes And Transgender Inmates

Lila Shapiro | Posted 04.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Lila Shapiro

-- Same-sex marriage opponents look to be in dire financial straits, according to a Reuters report. According to the article,, the...

Minority Transgender People And The Legal System: Addressing The Failure To Provide Equality

Toni Newman | Posted 02.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Toni Newman

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.

Lila Shapiro

Michelle Kosilek Ruling Sparks Debate Over Rights Of Transgender Prisoners | Lila Shapiro | Posted 10.01.2012 | Gay Voices

For years, Michelle Kosilek has been asking the Massachusetts prison system for "sex-change" surgery. Born Robert Kosilek, she went to jail in 199...

WATCH: Transgender Inmates Get Their Own Facility

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 04.13.2012 | Los Angeles

Transgender people face prejudice and fear in everyday life, but being transgender in prison puts you at an increased risk for violence, rape and emot...