On November 22nd, 2019, Transgender Law Center (TLC) and King & Greisen, LLP filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of all transgender women who are or will be in the custody of the Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC). The lawsuit claims that the CDOC has discriminated against transgender women solely on the basis of their gender identity and that these women have been subjected to unsafe situations, including severe sexual harassment, physical violence, and rape.
There are about 170 trans women in Colorado incarcerated in men’s prison, subjecting them to horrific abuse. The lawsuit states that the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act and the Colorado Constitution mandate that CDOC must provide transgender women the same rights and privileges afforded to other people in their custody. This includes housing that ensures that trans women are housed in a safe way that respects their identity, and that they are provided necessary medical and mental care.
The seven women represented in the lawsuit have gender dysphoria, which courts have recognized as a condition that warrants disability rights. The lawsuit explains that gender dysphoria can result in severe depression and anxiety.
You can read the complaint and our press release at the links below.