Dear Senator Wiener:

Your proposed bill, SB 132, would harm one of the most vulnerable groups in society: incarcerated women. It would allow any male at any time to self-declare that he has a woman "gender identity," and on that basis allow him to demand to be housed in a women’s correctional facility. It would forbid prison officials from taking into account material factors that put women at greater risk of harm when incarcerated with men, including anatomy, the presence or absence of a diagnosis of gender dysphoria, and the presence or absence of any other physical or mental health diagnosis.

If adopted, SB 132 will put women prisoners and women prison guards and staff, at serious increased risk of male violence.

These harms have received no consideration in the legislative materials offered in support of SB 132.

For these reasons, we urge you to withdraw SB 132.

Thank you.


Led by state Senator Scott Wiener, the California legislature is, once again, planning to harm women and girls in order to serve the demands of “gender identity” activists. This time Mr. Wiener is targeting some of the most vulnerable individuals in society: incarcerated women. We need your help to fight SB 132. Please see the “take action” links below.  We currently expect all senators to vote whether to pass the bill on or before May 31.

SB 132 would:

  • Allow males at any time to self-declare their "gender identity" and preferred first name, gender pronoun, and honorific.
  • Allow males at any time to be housed at a correctional facility designated for women unless the incarcerated individual's "perception of their own health and safety needs requires a different placement."
  • Force facility staff to use language pretending that men who claim to have a woman "gender identity" actually are women.
  • Forbid facility officials from considering anatomy, the presence or absence of a diagnosis of gender dysphoria, and the presence or absence of any other physical or mental health diagnosis.
  • Forbid prison officials from overriding a prisoner's chosen preference to be housed in a women's facility unless they demonstrate in advance "significant security or management concerns."

SB 132 is a stunning act of female erasure and elevation of men's feelings over women's physical and psychological safety. It ignores the fundamental reasons that facilities for incarcerated individuals exist in the first place: whether for biological or social reasons, men are far more likely to sexually assault or rape women and to engage in other forms of violence and voyeurism. Further, women are the only sex capable of being involuntarily impregnated.

The statistics cited in support of the bill all involve violence against incarcerated males and mention only incarcerated “trans women.” The bill’s sponsors offer no data, information, or discussion about the vulnerability of incarcerated females to violent assault, and no mention at all of women who identify as “trans men.” We must assume that the bill was designed entirely to serve the desires of incarcerated males who claim to identify as transgender, without regard for the safety and privacy of women in prison.

State Sen. Wiener claims that this law is needed because males who identify as transgender "face particular risk of rape and assault" in facilities for incarcerated males, and therefore prison policies should "take into account a person’s gender identity and their perception of safety, making them more vulnerable to violence from other incarcerated people." In other words, a man’s “perception of safety” is given more weight than the material factors that make women particularly vulnerable to male violence.

The supporters of this woman-hating bill are: ACCESS Women’s Health Justice; API Equality-LA; API Equality-Northern California; California Civil Liberties Advocacy; Californians United for a Responsible Budget; Ella Baker Center for Human Rights; Empowering Pacific Islander Communities; Initiate Justice; Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area; Legal Services for Prisoners with Children; National Center for Lesbian Rights; Root & Rebound; Tides Advocacy; Women’s Foundation of California

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  • Melissa Hamilton-Gragg
    signed 2020-06-12 22:59:31 -0700
  • Jennifer Murnan
    signed 2020-02-10 16:13:57 -0800
  • Anu Krishnamoorthy
    signed 2019-07-14 12:00:17 -0700
    i 100% KNOW THIS BILL WOULD CREATE OR INSTIGATE MORE SEXUAL VIOLENCE & RAPE THAN EVER unless these men have had surgery they are men have testorone. ALSO THESE male prisoners WILL LIE PRETEND they are trans to attack women period.
  • Erika Galley
    signed 2019-06-23 10:57:52 -0700
  • Alyssia Cannon
    signed 2019-06-23 10:46:23 -0700
  • Madeline Orellana
    signed 2019-06-23 00:56:01 -0700
  • Jessica White
    signed 2019-06-22 21:53:28 -0700
  • Brenda Halvorson
    signed 2019-06-22 21:17:43 -0700
  • Ashley Appelhof
    signed 2019-06-22 19:14:54 -0700
  • Leigh Ritchey
    signed 2019-06-22 18:06:54 -0700
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  • Amanda Kedrowski
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  • Twyla valentine
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  • Teleya Hinkle
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  • Ashley Giles
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  • Natasha Shepherd
    signed 2019-06-22 16:00:03 -0700
  • Jeanna Hoch
    signed 2019-06-22 15:59:53 -0700
    Men’s feelings do NOT Trump womXXn’s safety. Prisons are SEX segregated, NOT gender identity segregated. Stop this abolishment of women’s rights.
  • Courtney Brooks
    signed 2019-06-22 15:59:28 -0700
  • Hannah Roberts
    signed 2019-06-22 12:47:03 -0700
  • Milo Chin
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  • Kathleen Lara
    signed 2019-06-21 23:33:22 -0700
  • Maureen O'Hara
    signed 2019-06-21 17:24:36 -0700
    Putting men who identify as women in female prisons puts women at risk of assault, and is an intrusion on their privacy. Women in UK prisons have been sexually assaulted by trans sex offenders.
  • Margo van der Voort
    @baubo60 tweeted link to this page. 2019-06-21 16:45:18 -0700
  • Margo van der Voort
    signed 2019-06-21 16:45:00 -0700
    Cases of male sexual assault have been recorded in female prisons. It’s proven too that male to female transgender prisoners have records of serial sex offenses. Protect female born prisoners from being subjected to male violence while being locked up!
  • Mary Lunetta
    signed 2019-06-18 10:25:48 -0700
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  • Carla Wilson
    signed via 2019-06-17 21:27:44 -0700
    Gender identity should not be self declared. Identity is biological
  • Diana Estep
    signed 2019-06-15 13:13:35 -0700
  • Virginia Ward
    signed via 2019-06-14 20:31:50 -0700
  • Tina Jones
    signed via 2019-06-13 22:38:56 -0700
    Trans “women” are not female and don’t belong among female only populations.
  • Barbara Ballion
    signed via 2019-06-13 21:08:22 -0700