Trans Woman is moved from an all-male prison after thousands sign petition


A transgender woman is finally being moved to a female prison after thousands signed an online petition on her behalf


Tara Hudson, 26, from Bath, was born Aaron. But since the age of 20 she has been living full-time as a woman and has had gender reconstruction surgery.

This year she was was jailed for 12 weeks for assault. Since she was still
classed as male on her passport, she was sent to HMP Bristol prison, where 600 men are imprisoned.

Collect of Tara Hudson who has been sent to an all MALE prison sparking fears for her safety. See SWNS story SWGENDER; A sex-change woman who was born a man has been sent to an all MALE prison sparking fears for her safety. Striking Tara Hudson, 26, has lived as a female all of her adult life and undergone six years of gender reconstruction surgery. Her mother condemned the move yesterday (mon) and says her daughter's own doctor has confirmed that she is now a woman. But magistrates sentenced Tara her to 12 weeks inside tough all-male Bristol prison after she admitted assault because Tara's passport says she is still a man.

Now however, after a petition that attracted over 55,000 signatures, she has been to be moved to another prison for her own safety.

Her mother, Jackie Brooklyn, was outraged by the original sentencing.

She said, ‘There’s nothing male about her, nobody would know the difference.’
‘She looks like a woman. I just feel the men are going to go after her.’

A spokesperson from the prison service said, ‘It is longstanding policy to place offenders according to their legally recognised gender.’

He added,‘There are strict rules in place to ensure transsexual prisoners are managed safely and in accordance with the law.’

A spokesperson from Amnesty International said, ‘We know that trans women placed in prisons with male inmates are put at a heightened risk of physical and sexual abuse and that’s a real concern.’

‘Trans inmates must absolutely not be placed with detainees where violence is a high probability,’ she added.

MP Ben Howlett spoke out against the treatment and raised the issue before Parliament’s Women and Equalities Select Committee.

Hudson has now been given leave to appeal against the sentence itself for the assault conviction.

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