California governor signs law requiring trans inmates to be housed by gender identity

The law requires inmates to be asked how they identify, then they must be housed accordingly.

Governor Gavin Newsom signed a law on Saturday that will require California prisons to house transgender inmates according to their gender identity.

The law requires officers to privately ask inmates if they identify as transgender, nonbinary or intersex. They must then be housed in the appropriate facility, and officers must refer to transgender inmates by their chosen pronouns.

Other legislation California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed requires better tracking of how diseases affect the LGBT community by public health officers, bans life and disability insurance companies from denying someone coverage solely because they have HIV. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Other legislation California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed requires better tracking of how diseases affect the LGBT community by public health officers, bans life and disability insurance companies from denying someone coverage solely because they have HIV. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation cannot deny those requests, the law says, solely because of inmates’ anatomy, sexual orientation or a “factor present” among other inmates at the facility.

It does note that

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