Nearly 261 inmates in a California prison have officially requested a transfer to a women’s prison because that is what they say they perceive themselves to be, even though their biological sex is male.
The request is supported by new legislation that went into effect on January 1 of this year. The SB 132 law says all “transgender, nonbinary, or intersex” must be “addressed in a manner consistent with the incarcerated individual’s gender identity,” and “housed at a correctional facility designated for men or women based on the individual’s preference.”
The controversial legislation was signed into law last year by California’s Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom as part of the goals of the left-wing LGBT agenda.
Newsome said in September 2020, when the legislation was signed, “These new laws will help us better understand the impacts of COVID-19 on the LGBTQ+ community, establish a new fund to support our transgender brothers and sisters, and promote inclusive and culturally competent efforts that uphold the dignity of all Californians, no matter who you are or who you love.”
Under this new legislation, called the Transgender Respect, Agency, and Dignity Act, prison authorities must ask inmates during the intake process how they identify sexually and then define what type of prison they should be housed in, and under no point may they deny sending an inmate to a women’s prison if that is how they self-perceive.
The legislation also requires officers to address transgender inmates by the pronouns of their choice; otherwise, they could be charged with discrimination.
The LA Times notes that several inmates claim that many applied to be transferred to a women’s prison “under false pretenses.”
While advocates of the legislation celebrate the initiative and support the inmates demanding their transfer from the Central California women’s correctional facility in Chowchilla, there is a lot of fear. Inmates there say guards have warned them that “men are coming” and to expect sexual violence.
“That if we think it’s bad now, be prepared for the worst. That it’s going to be off the hook, it’s going to be jumping,” Tomiekia Johnson told the LA Times, as reported to her by prison guards. “They say we’re going to need a facility that’s going to be like a maternity ward. They say we’re going to have an inmate program where inmates become nannies.”
So far, the prison system has made 21 requests for gender-based transfers and has not denied any. Of the remaining requests, prisons spokeswoman Terry Thornton that COVID-19 precautions have delayed transfers and that officials could not estimate how long a transfer might take under normal circumstances, citing bed availability as a factor.
Policies in favor of transgender rights, even above those of the rest of the population, are certainly on the priority agenda of leftist and globalist politicians, such as Governor Newsome and President Joe Biden himself, who last week issued a statement from the official White House website to celebrate Transgender Day of Visibility, in which he seemed to not only congratulate the community on its day but praise it as an example of sorts to follow.
Biden reminded transgender activists in his message of his administration’s support for LGBT struggles and ideals, including the confirmation of transgender Rachel Levine as undersecretary of health at the Department of Health and Human Services.
President Biden has been criticized by conservative and religious sectors since the beginning of his term in office when he pushed for the controversial “Equality Act“, which proposes, among other things, to eliminate the legal recognition of male and female sex from the biological sense of the term.