Pretoria - A Transgender prisoner - who described herself as a “woman locked into the body of a man” is so desperately unhappy that prison officials refused her to “act female in a male prison” that she will later in November turn to the Equality Court in the Cape High Court.
Jade September said in court papers that she had been subjected to harassment and unfair discrimination by prison officials, on the basis of her gender identity and expression.
She was forced to give-up wearing a small amount of make-up in jail, to wear her hair long and braided or to wear female underwear and accessories.
September, 36, is incarcerated in the men’s prison, alongside other male inmates.
But she said this was no problem, as the male prisoner treated her mostly with respect or indifference Her problem was with the correctional service officials.