CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE POISED TO PUT MEN IN WOMEN’S PRISONS UNDER SB 132

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.

BACKGROUND

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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  • 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
  • Frances Bell
    signed via 2019-06-13 20:25:41 -0700
    Why should a male person’s subjective identity be prioritised over vulnerable female prisoners rights to safety and personal dignity?

    Surely a trans wing would ensure both vulnerable groups are catered for!
  • Damian Anderson
    signed 2019-06-13 13:23:32 -0700
  • Trinity La Fey
    signed 2019-06-07 16:11:42 -0700
  • rochelle glickman
    signed via 2019-06-04 11:09:26 -0700
  • Brandi H
    signed 2019-06-01 15:38:41 -0700
  • Stacey O'Brien
    signed 2019-05-31 00:23:18 -0700
  • Sarah Cummings
    signed 2019-05-30 09:17:15 -0700
    Women are segregated from men for reasons of privacy and safety. Mixed sex spaces are associated with increased risk for women.
  • Diane Holyoak
    signed 2019-05-30 06:23:01 -0700
    Incarcerating male bodied people alongside females in women’s jails poses a significant risk to vulnerable women who deserve sex segregated spaces.
  • A. Lim
    signed 2019-05-30 06:07:51 -0700
    Stop trampling women’s rights by accommodating dishonest or dysphoric men who claim they’re women. A man claiming he’s female is the height of misogyny: claiming women’s oppression – an oppression he has never, and will never, know, even if he stereotypes women and “passes” as female. Incarcerated women are effectively being trapped with men who, on average, are taller, stronger, and more aggressively socialized than women are. Women prisoners are being put at risk for rape and other violent crimes, including murder, by these men. In the UK, 48% of trans-identified males in prison are sex offenders, compared to only 19% of other men in UK prisons being sex offenders, according to UK government prison data published on the Fair Play for Women site. After Mr. Karen White raped two women in a UK women’s prison weeks after he arrived there, the UK finally just created a separate prison for male-to-trans, which is what California should do.
  • Christine Hawkins
    signed 2019-05-29 22:00:31 -0700
  • Lia Mariani
    signed 2019-05-29 17:00:25 -0700
  • T Henderson
    signed 2019-05-29 16:34:52 -0700
  • Margaret Nelson
    signed 2019-05-29 16:30:53 -0700
    In the UK male transgender prisoners, including one calling himself Karen White, a rapist, have sexually assaulted women prisoners, and about half of the transgender inmates have bern committed for sex crimes or are very dangerous men. Consequently it’s been decided that such prisoners should have their own transgender wings.
  • Laura Wills
    signed 2019-05-29 12:22:52 -0700
  • S. Perry
    signed 2019-05-28 17:57:42 -0700
  • Rachael O'Reilly
    signed 2019-05-28 08:40:40 -0700
    for the sake of your souls and all of Mother Earth’s vengeance please kill this bill, no more pedos or violent male offenders to be housed with vulnerable REAL wombyn with a false science of sudden onset gender dysphoria that has already happened in other countries!
  • Nassim Nobari
    signed 2019-05-28 07:17:48 -0700
    How a man identifies is irrelevant. “People” with uteruses, vaginas, etc – i.e. the class of people formerly known as women – are oppressed by the class of people with penises and fought hard for our own spaces. This is a big step backwards. Shame on California.
  • Emily Weir
    signed 2019-05-28 05:14:32 -0700
  • Katrin Egger
    signed 2019-05-27 11:51:02 -0700
  • Irini Georgas
    signed 2019-05-27 05:43:54 -0700
    Please protect biological women from any harm, by excluding biological men “who may identify as women” from being housed in the same jail. We must protect women who are vulnerable to sexual violence by men, and ven men who claim that they are “women”.
  • Rachel Morgan
    signed 2019-05-26 21:56:21 -0700
    I am horrified to learn of plans to house male offenders with females. This leaves the women at high risk of rape and violence from the men whether or not they still identify as men or are assuming female status
  • Kesha Frelot
    signed 2019-05-26 20:33:32 -0700
    Please protect these vulnerable women. Why don’t our elected officials care about biological women. Why are they putting women in harms way because of a declaration of womanhood. Why doesn’t SEX matter anymore. Women are not a costume or feeling. Woman are a SEX.
  • Elizabeth Adams
    signed 2019-05-26 13:16:22 -0700
    Do not participate in biology denial. Do not conflate gender with sex. Jails and prisons are responsible for the safety of its inmates, and a man’s feelings do not come before a woman’s safety. Do what is right and protect women.
  • Jeanne Smith
    signed 2019-05-26 11:50:12 -0700
    Men lie. Criminal men lie even more.
  • Jenny Ross
    signed 2019-05-26 10:05:42 -0700
    We’ve already seen the fallout from this policy in the UK: a sex offender put in a woman’s jail who went on to sexually assault female inmates.


    Trans identified males in the UK have also reported 17 sex offenders have attempted to exploit this legislation.


    Incarcerating male bodied people in women’s jails poses a significant risk to vulnerable women who deserve sex segregated spaces.
  • Jacqueline Xavier
    signed 2019-05-26 09:58:16 -0700