Originally posted at The Politics of Gender
With the rise of gender identity anti-discrimination laws, many male prisoners are seeking transition. It remains unclear whether some cases represent a legitimate medical need or simply a desire for special treatment or placement in a women’s prison.
The British Association of Gender Identity Specialists has raised concerns over the “ever-increasing tide of referrals of patients in prison serving long or indeterminate sentences for serious sexual offences,” stating that these “vastly outnumber the number of prisoners incarcerated for more ordinary, non-sexual, offences.”
Numerous prisoners on this list have pursued both government funded sex change and placement in women’s facilities.