Fed­eral court de­nies trans­gen­der in­mate’s plea for trans­fer

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A fed­eral court judge has de­nied trans­gen­der Ge­or­gia in­mate Ash­ley Di­a­mond’s re­quest to be trans­ferred to a lower-se­cu­rity pri­son for her safety. The rul­ing came down af­ter an April 20 hear­ing in which Di­a­mond was present to tes­tify. Di­a­mond’s lawyers tell the Ge­or­gia Voice they are “very con­cerned” she will be as­saulted again, or cause harm to her­self again.

The hear­ing was held to ad­dress whether the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions has taken nec­es­sary steps to keep Di­a­mond safe since her trans­fer last month from Baldwin State Pri­son in Milledgeville to Ge­or­gia State Pri­son in the city of Forsyth.

“Ms. Di­a­mond tes­ti­fied un­der oath that she would rather die than be as­saulted again,” David Dinielli, South­ern Poverty Law Cen­ter deputy legal direc­tor, told the Ge­or­gia Voice. “She is very fear­ful.”

The South­ern Poverty Law Cen­ter filed the suit on be­half of Di­a­mond in Fe­bru­ary. In­creased me­dia at­ten­tion, in­clud­ing vo­cal sup­port from El­ton John and Michael Stipe, was fol­lowed by the U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice is­su­ing a state­ment call­ing the de­nial of hor­mone ther­apy un­con­sti­tu­tional.

The Ge­or­gia DOC re­stored Di­a­mond’s hor­mone treat­ments, although her lawyer ex- pressed con­cerns that the dosage was too low to be ther­a­peu­tic.

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