Gov. Newsom signs bill allowing male inmates who identify as ‘women’ to be housed in women’s prisons in California

This collection of bills, designed with the aim of “strengthening protections for LGBTQ+ Californians,” does little for women or children, as it opens female prisons to male-bodied persons, and enables tax payer funds to go toward the medical transitioning of minors. There is also funding to find the impact of COVID-19, which is an illness that primarily affects the elderly and those with existing health complications, on the LGBT+ community.

Newsom said that “with the bills signed today, our march toward equality takes an additional step forward. These new laws will help us better understand the impacts of COVID-19 on the LGBTQ+ community, establish a new fund to support our transgender sisters and brothers and advance inclusive and culturally competent efforts that uphold the dignity of all Californians, regardless of who you are or who you love.”

SB 932, sponsored Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), gives public health officials a view of communicable diseases through the lens of gender identity and sexual orientation. Health data will collected on a persons gender identity and sexual orientation in addition to their additional health concerns. According to legislators, this “is essential to addressing health inequities and designing public health interventions that help California’s diverse communities.”

SB 132, sponsored again by San Francisco’s own Senator Wiener, will allow inmates to self-select whether they wish to be housed in a men’s or women’s prison, based on self-ID alone. It will give people the option to house “people according to their own sense of where they will be safest.” Moreover, it will make sure that inmates are addressed according to their preferred pronouns throughout their stay in California’s prison system.