US California requires correctional facilities to house transgender inmates based on gender identity
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law on Saturday a package of measures intended to strengthen protections for LGBTQ people, including one that requires the state's correctional system to house transgender, gender-nonconforming and intersex people by their gender identity.
The new law, SB 132, also requires the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to interview and record the inmate's self-reported gender identity, gender pronouns and titles throughout their term in the facility, according to a press release from the Governor's office.
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Prisons in California are segregated by gender, and advocates say prisons are particularly dangerous for anyone who does not fit stereotypical gender roles.
Afound that a transgender inmate is 13 times more likely to be sexually assaulted than the average inmate. Similarly, a found that 12.2% of non-heterosexual prison inmates reported being sexually victimized by another inmate, about 10 times higher than heterosexual prison inmates.
The new law follows onethe right to be housed in a facility corresponding to their gender identity.
Newsom also signed into law SB 932, legislation that will provide public health officials with more information on patients who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. The law is part of a push to address health inequities for those in the LGBTQ community due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Further, Newsom signed legislation creating a Transgender Wellness and Equity Fund, which "will assist organizations serving people that identify as transgender, gender nonconforming, or intersex (TGI), and help create or fund TGI-specific housing programs and partnerships with hospitals, health care clinics and other medical providers to provide TGI-focused health care," the governor's office said.
"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," Newsom said in a statement.
"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 sisters and brothers and advance inclusive and culturally competent efforts that uphold the dignity of all Californians, regardless of who you are or who you love."
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