Female prison guards balk at processing transgender inmate

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10/16/2022

Female prison guards at Tires women’s prison found themselves in an impossible position: they were expected to body-search a new inmate who, in spite of having male sex organs, identifies as a woman. This was the first case presenting this level of confusion since a circular came into place requiring prisons to recognise inmates on the basis of law 38/2018 which allows for the right of self-determination and expression of gender. Explains SIC today: “A person who identifies as a woman is a woman, and should be respected as a woman”.

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