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California requires correctional facilities to house transgender inmates based on gender identity

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law on Saturday a package of measures intended to strengthen protections for LGBTQ people, including one that requires the state’s correctional system to house transgender, gender-nonconforming and intersex people by their gender identity.



a person holding a colorful kite: Members of the transgender and gender non-binary community and their allies gather to celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility, March 31, 2017 at the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building in Los Angeles, California.  International Transgender Day of Visibility is dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck    (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)


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Members of the transgender and gender non-binary community and their allies gather to celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility, March 31, 2017 at the Edward R. Roybal Federal Building in Los Angeles, California. International Transgender Day of Visibility is dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide. / AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

The new law, SB 132, also requires the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to interview and record the inmate’s self-reported gender identity, gender pronouns and titles throughout their term in the facility, according to a press

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