Management or security concerns

Sure, why not?

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law on Saturday requiring California to house transgender inmates in prisons based on their gender identity — but only if the state does not have “management or security concerns.”

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation houses men and women in separate facilities. Transgender inmates are often housed based on their sex assigned at birth. Advocates say this is dangerous, particularly for transgender women housed in facilities for men.

That’s so interesting, because you know what’s even more dangerous? Housing women in facilities for men. Which is a pity, because that’s exactly what California is doing here. Women who identify as trans aren’t going to ask to be housed with men, are they, nor are women who don’t identify as trans going to say they do in order to be housed with men. Men, on the other hand – you do the math.

It always fascinates me to see the feverish worry about tragically vulnerable men who identify as trans coupled with complete indifference to vulnerable women.

The law says officers have to ask inmates privately how they identify. That’s it; that’s the hurdle. They say how they identify then they choose which sex they want to be locked up with.

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

But the state can deny those requests if it has “management or security concerns.” If a request is denied, the state must give the inmate a written statement explaining the decision and give the inmate a “meaningful opportunity” to object.

The guy who authored the bill says there won’t be many management or security concerns.

“It’s just a false narrative about transgender people and about transgender women in particular that they’re somehow not really women and are just trying to scam their way into women’s bathrooms or facilities in order to do bad things,” [Senator Scott] Wiener said. “Overwhelmingly the people who are being victimized are trans people.”

That “somehow” is so precious – as if he just has no idea why anyone would say a man is not in fact a woman. It’s just a “false narrative” that men are not women. Ok, Senator Wiener, your house is my house, and it’s just a false narrative for you to say it’s somehow not mine.

There’s not a word in the whole piece about the safety of women.

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