Voice for Biological Women

Voice for Biological Women

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Yvonne Montes started this petition to California Department of Corrections and

I am writing on behalf of a large population of biological women who are conscientious, confused, and protective when it comes to our safety and security while incarcerated. This issue is regarding the placement of male to female transgender inmates at the California Institution for Women and the California Correctional Women's Facility. Although exercising one's right to be transgender is widely accepted in California prisons, it comes at the expense of women's equality because the biological woman is losing her safe space, identity, and voice while in prison. 

The atmosphere in prison is violent and dangerous. Everyone's life is at risk, both staff and inmate. Conflicts are inevitable. For some women, conflict resolution means going toe to toe and physically fighting with each other. There is a common expectation that someone will get hurt, but there is also a common ground on a physical level. As a biological woman, I stand a chance fighting against another biological woman, even if our sizes do not match. What chance do I have fighting against the man-strength of a male to female transgender? Has anyone in the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation asked this questions? We biological women have been silenced before even being heard. I am understanding of one's right to identify as the gender that he/she chooses. I am understanding of one's right to be happy and live their truth, but ones' rights stop when they infringe on another's rights. My rights are being discriminated against by treating me and the thousands of other biological women incarcerated in California as the minority sex. My sex is being exploited by male to female transgender criminals, some of which have been convicted of the rape and murder of women. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's solution to house male to female transgenders in women's prisons is a negligent, inconsiderate, and misogynistic band-aid fix to a problem that will not go away. A Female Offenders Program was created because of acknowledging the psychological and physical differences between male and female offenders. It appears that the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has lost sight of its goals to promote a safe and secure environment to conform to societal pressures to be politically correct. 

Do the citizens of California know that the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is affording male to female transgenders the opportunity to have gender re-assignment surgery while incarcerated? The biological women's rehabilitation is hindered when they are subjected to ta threat of violence and sexual abuse by the male to female transgenders that are manipulating departmental officials into believing that their safety is more important than mine, the 5 foot tall 130 pound biological woman in prison. I implore you to convert an existing male prison into a designated transgender facility where they can have properly trained custody and medical staff to ensure their safety and rehabilitation, free from victimization from biological men, free from insensitive judgments, and free from peers that cannot relate to their experiences. 

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