Gov. Newsom signs bill allowing male inmates who identify as ‘women’ to be housed in women’s prisons in California

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Discussion posted by: David McNamara

California’s Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill Saturday to end sex-segregated prisons in that state, to allow inmates to be housed based on the gender with which they identify as opposed to dividing them by sex. The caveat of the bill is that this privilege is only for those inmates with which the penal system does not have “management or security concerns.” This collection of bills, designed with the aim of “strengthening protections for LGBTQ+ Californians,” does little for women or children, as it opens female prisons to male-bodied persons, and enables tax payer funds to go toward the medical transitioning of minors. There is also funding to find the impact of COVID-19, which is an illness that primarily affects the elderly and those with existing health complications, on the LGBT+ community.