How a prison gang-rape led to a glimmer of hope
Updated: Apr 25
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.