|(Left) Ashley Diamond before prison|
(Right) Diamond after 3 years in prison
Diamond recently filed a lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Correction, with the U.S. Justice Department declaring their support of the inmate. In a statement by Vanita Gupta, Civil Rights Division, "Prison officials have the obligation to assess and treat gender dysphoria just as they would any other medical or mental health condition." Denying hormonal therapy to Diamond classifies as "cruel and unusual punishment", and goes against the rights given in the 8th Amendment.
There is no doubt in my mind of the unconstitutionality of the treatment Ashley Diamond received at the hands of the Georgia's prison. In seeking legal action, Diamond has become a sort of spokesperson for the transgender minority. The transgender community is often discriminated against, and the abuse is only amplified in a prison setting. By bringing attention towards the issue in prison, Diamond is fighting for the rights of transgender people everywhere. The rights of the transgender community should not be ignored.
Do you think Diamond is justified in seeking legal action against the GDC? What do you think would be the result of Ms. Diamond's lawsuit, and how would it affect policies regarding transgender people?