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Trans Woman Sues State of Georgia for Human Rights Abuses

Ashley Diamond

A prisoner in the Georgia prison system, Ashley Diamond is suing the Georgia for refusing her hormonal therapy during the last three years.

From NY Daily News:

Three years without hormone therapy is reversing everything that Ashley Diamond, an incarcerated transgender woman, has fought for.

Her booking photo illustrates the stark transformation Diamond has undergone since 2012, when she started cycling through Georgia’s Department of Corrections and the state began forbidding the hormone therapy she’d been receiving for nearly two decades.

The picture bears no resemblance to the woman she was before she landed behind bars.

“Ashley sees photos like that as proof of her lack of medical care, but it’s a painful reminder,” Chinyere Ezie, an attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center, told the Daily News.

The Southern Poverty Law Center filed a lawsuit Friday on Diamond’s behalf seeking sweeping changes that would restore her medical treatment, improve living conditions and staff training for Diamond and other transgender inmates.

Read more at NY Daily News

Photo: Ashley Diamond