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  • Writer's pictureMario Nicolais

How a prison gang-rape led to a glimmer of hope

Updated: Apr 25, 2020

Prison terrifies most people. For members of the LGBTQ community — particularly transgender individuals — the prospect is even more grim.

While it won’t eliminate that disparity, the recent settlement between a transgender Colorado inmate and the Colorado Department of Corrections represents a positive step in the right direction.

Last year Lindsay Saunders-Velez reported several men raped her hours after a federal judge allowed the CDOC to place her in a disciplinary pod where she had been imprisoned.

Saunders-Velez is a transgender woman whom the state placed in a male prison based on her biological gender rather than how she identifies.

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