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US court rules that man who identifies as a woman stay in women's prison

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The United States Court of Appeals ruled last week that Kesha Williams, a biological male who identifies as female, incarcerated in Fairfax County, Virginia, shall be housed with female inmates.

Although the legislation provides that “male detainees must be classified as male if they have male genitals”, the verdict highlights that Williams is “a transgender woman with gender dysphoria.”

The document also describes that, by 17 years, Williams had hormone treatments for “gender dysphoria,” which court defined as “discomfort or distress caused by a discrepancy between a person’s gender identity and the sex assigned at birth.”

The opinions differing from the final decision highlighted That allowing Williams to be with female inmates and being searched by guards “creates a separate set of security concerns and issues.”

Williams complained of harassment at the men’s prison. The complaints are related to the male pronouns intended for Williams by correctional officers.

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