Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation on Saturday allowing transgender inmates to be housed in prisons based on the gender with which they identify.
The law requires the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to “house transgender, gender-nonconforming and intersex (TGI) individuals in a manner that matches their gender identity while supporting health and safety,” according to a news release from Newsom’s office.
“California has some of the strongest pro LGBTQ+ laws in the nation and with the bills signed today, our march toward equality takes an additional step forward,” the governor said in a statement.
The bill was introduced by Democratic state Sen. Scott Weiner, a gay politician who represents San Francisco.
Weiner also introduced a bill relaxing sex offender registry requirements for adults convicted of having gay sex with minors.
“Thank you Governor Newsom for once again proving you are a champion for LGBTQ people,” Wiener said in a statement.
“SB 132 is life-saving legislation that will protect trans people in prison, particularly trans women who are subject to high levels of assault and harassment in men’s facilities.”
“Today is a great day for California’s LGBTQ community and yet another example of California’s deep commitment to LGBTQ equality,” he added.
Officers must ask inmates privately what gender they identify as, Fox News reported.
After this, the inmates can request to be housed in a prison that aligns with their gender identity, and the corrections facilities cannot deny this request based on the inmate’s anatomy.
California corrections may deny the request due to “management or security concerns,” however, and if the inmate’s housing request is denied, the inmate will have a “meaningful opportunity” to object to this denial.
The state will have to reassess the inmate’s request if the inmate cites health or safety concerns.
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