Texas prison officials finally agree to protect a transgender inmate after allowing her to be raped and cut

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Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) officials have told her to “suck dick,” “fight” or to stop “acting gay” if she does not want to be assaulted. After being repeatedly raped and stabbed eight times, Lambda Legal filed emergency papers asking for her safe keeping. Officials finally relented and placed Star in protective custody. While she’s still in the men’s prison and has to endure 23 hours a day in a tiny cell, at least she’s safe for now.

It’s “Hell on Earth” says Prison guard and local Huntsville union chief Lance Lowry.

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Clemments Unit where Star is currently at. Source Texas Tribune.

Background:

Now 31, as a teenager Ms. Star pled guilty to aggravated kidnapping based on allegations that her boyfriend refused to return the used car they were test driving to the dealership, instead driving for several hours with the car salesman in the passenger seat and Ms. Star in the back. Ms. Star was sentenced to 20 years in prison and transferred to the custody of TDCJ where she has been housed in male facilities.

In the seven male facilities where she has been housed, male inmates have identified Ms. Star as feminine. She has been raped, forced to submit to undesired sexual acts to escape violence, and threatened with sexual assault. She has filed dozens of grievances, complaints and requests to be placed in safekeeping, but instead of taking measures to protect her, TDCJ officials have told her to “suck dick,” “fight” or to stop “acting gay” if she does not want to be assaulted. In multiple prisons, Ms. Starr was placed in the general population in close proximity to inmates who she had identified as having threatened her, including one occasion in November 2013 where the identified inmate then attacked Ms. Star, calling her a “snitching faggot,” and slashed her face eight times with a razor.

Star needs to be moved to a woman’s facility.

John Wright over at Towleroad reports that Texas, one of a handful of states that have refused to comply with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act, is home to five of the 10 facilities with the highest rates of prison rape in the country. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry called PREA “ill-conceived” and decided to pass up funding that the U.S. Department of Justice had earmarked for the prevention of sexual assault in detention facilities.

Lambda Legal has launched a petition, which currently has 2,240 signatures, calling on new Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to comply with the Prison Rape Elimination Act.

Editor in Chief at

Kelli Busey an outspoken gonzo style journalist has been writing since 2007. In 2008, she brought the Dallas Advocate on-line and has articles published by the Reconciling Ministries Network, The Transsexual Menace, The Daily Kos, Frock Magazine the TransAdvocate, the Dallas Voice and The Advocate. Kelli, an avid runner is editor in chief at Planet Transgender which she founded in 2007.

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