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Whitney Lee

Federal judge approves hormone treatments for transgender Ohio inmate

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A federal judge has ordered Ohio's prisons agency to restore hormone treatments for a transgender inmate who sued after they were stopped. [ Read more → ]
Pat Sullivan, APInmates hang out on their bunks in a new unit in the Harris County Jail for gay, bisexual and transgender inmates in Houston.

In Harris County, Texas, jail confronts issue of safety for LGBT inmates

Sunday, February 2, 2014
The Harris County Jail in Houston, the third-largest in the country which processes some 125,000 inmates annually, is one of many nationwide implementing changes to the way it treats its gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender population. The changes stem from a law passed by Congress under former President George W. Bush that requires federal, state and local lockups to eliminate rape in part by adjusting regulations about how the population lives behind bars. [ Read more → ]
Michelle Kosilek

Federal appeals court upholds sex change for Mass. transgender inmate

Friday, January 17, 2014
BOSTON -- A federal appeals court has upheld a judge's ruling granting a taxpayer-funded sex change operation for a Massachusetts transgender inmate serving a life sentence for murder. [ Read more → ]
Héctor Jonathan Franco Martínez

Gay prisoner in Mexico blinded following attack by cellmate who gouged his eyes

Monday, January 13, 2014
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico -- A gay prisoner in Mexico remains hospitalized and recovering from injuries after his cellmate gouged out his eyes. [ Read more → ]
Harold Wilson (left) and Gracy Sedlak

Inmate, transgender partner lose second lawsuit seeking visitation, marriage

Monday, November 18, 2013
A Nebraska prison inmate and his transgendered partner have lost another round in their legal fight to be able to visit each other and get married. [ Read more → ]

Texas county adopts sweeping policy to protect LGBT inmates

Thursday, November 14, 2013
HOUSTON -- The sheriff of Houston's Harris County has adopted a sweeping policy designed to protect and guarantee equal treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender inmates, including allowing transgender individuals to be housed based on the gender they identify with instead of their biological sex. [ Read more → ]
Christopher Yates

Inmate says Kansas won’t allow his husband to visit him in prison

Monday, November 4, 2013
TOPEKA, Kan. — A Kansas prison inmate claims he's being discriminated against because the Department of Corrections won't allow visits from his husband, whom he married legally in Iowa. [ Read more → ]

Minn. to allow high-security male sex offenders to marry eachother

Monday, September 9, 2013
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota officials will allow sex offenders in the state's high-security treatment program to marry one another, a top official of the Minnesota Department of Human Services said Monday. [ Read more → ]

Calif. prison officials to allow same-sex weddings for inmates

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California prison officials have confirmed that inmates can get married to someone of the same sex under certain conditions. [ Read more → ]

Cameroon court upholds 3-year prison term for gay text message

Monday, December 17, 2012
An appeals court in the African nation of Cameroon on Monday upheld a three-year sentence against a man found guilty of homosexual conduct for sending a text message to another that contained a photo of himself holding a sign that said, “I’m very much in love with you.” [ Read more → ]

Denver sheriff’s department plans new policies for transgender inmates

Friday, June 22, 2012
The Denver Sheriff Department in January will roll out new policies regarding transgender inmates, The GLBT Community Center of Colorado announced Friday. The new 360-degree policies will include new practices from transport to booking and housing. [ Read more → ]
Dante Parrish (left) and Jason Mattison Jr.

Killer gets life in prison without parole for assault, murder of gay teen

Friday, April 13, 2012
A judge in Baltimore, Md., has sentenced Dante Parrish, 37, to life in prison without parole for the savage murder of Jason Mattison Jr., a 15-year old openly gay teen. [ Read more → ]
Brandon McInerney

McInerney sentenced to 21 years in prison for killing of gay classmate

Monday, December 19, 2011
VENTURA, Calif. -- Brandon McInerney was sentenced Monday to 21 years in state prison for the execution style killing of openly gay classmate Lawrence King during a computer lab class three years ago. [ Read more → ]

Teen charged in murder of gay classmate agrees to 21-year prison term

Monday, November 21, 2011
Brandon McInerney — accused of murdering gay classmate Lawrence King in February of 2008 at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard — has struck a plea deal with prosecutors, and agreed to spend the next 21 years in prison. [ Read more → ]

Seventh Circuit Court strikes down transphobic Wisconsin law

Tuesday, August 9, 2011
A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has struck down Wisconsin's ban on hormone treatments for transgender prisoners. [ Read more → ]

New York state prisons to allow conjugal visits for gay inmates

Saturday, April 23, 2011
The New York state Department of Corrections has changed its policies to allow conjugal visits for gay inmates who have entered into a same-sex marriage or a civil union. The policy previously applied only to those in traditional marriages. [ Read more → ]
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