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SPLC: Justice for Ashley Diamond

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Diamond, who was released from prison in August 2015 after pressure from the SPLC lawsuit, was serving a sentence for a probation violation stemming from a nonviolent crime. She was denied female hormones she had been receiving for 17 years – medically necessary care for her gender dysphoria. She was sexually assaulted by other prisoners at least eight times while incarcerated. Read more: https://www.splcenter.org/ashley “We’re pleased that we were able to resolve this case on behalf of Ashley Diamond and bring international attention to the widespread mistreatment of transgender prisoners,” said Chinyere Ezie, SPLC staff attorney. “Our lawsuit has forced the start of changes in Georgia’s prison system. By bravely standing up for her rights, Ashley has helped protect transgender inmates across the country.” Since the SPLC intervened, Diamond’s story has become an international hero in the fight to protect the rights of transgender prisoners, who are victimized at 10 times the rate of other prisoners. The New York Times chronicled the SPLC case and Diamond’s plight in a series of front-page articles, calling her “the Georgia inmate whose lawsuit is making her a protagonist in transgender rights history.” Pop icon Elton John and famed musician Michael Stipe announced their support for Diamond and other transgender prisoners in a joint statement last April. The lawsuit has triggered significant reforms in the treatment of transgender prisoners in Georgia and nationwide. “This lawsuit has always been about more than me,” Diamond said. “It’s about standing up to injustice and ensuring that no other transgender people endure the horrific abuse and mistreatment that I experienced behind bars. Though I am pleased with this resolution, I remain dedicated to fighting for the rights of transgender people both in and out of prison.”