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On this day December 9: Free Sandra Willson protest

On December 9, 1976, Women Behind Bars demonstrated outside the NSW Royal Commission into Prisons. The Free Sandra Willson campaign sought the release of Australia’s then longest-serving female prisoner. Women Behind Bars accused the NSW government of keeping Sandra Willson locked up “because she is a lesbian and because jail has not broken her spirit.” …

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Govt appeals ruling on pronouns for transgender women inmates

The Queensland government and prison operator Serco will appeal a ruling by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCATA) that prison staff must refer to transgender women inmates by female pronouns. The tribunal found that Serco and a prison director discriminated against inmate Leilani Tafao. Tafao brought an action for compensation because of guards referring …


Call For Reform After Trans Woman Allegedly Raped In Men’s Prison

Warning: distressing content A transgender rights group is calling for reform after a Tasmanian trans woman was allegedly gang-raped while housed in a male prison. The mother of Martin Harwood, who identified as Marjorie, told ABC News she supported her child’s gender expression. “I’d walk down the street with him, I used to buy his …


Former Prison Boss Warns Inmates Will Now Want To Marry Each Other

The former governor of a New South Wales prison has raised concerns about same-sex attracted inmates wanting to marry cellmates while in custody after the legalisation of same-sex marriage. In an opinion piece for the Daily Telegraph, former Grafton Correctional Centre boss John Heffernan said the decision to allow same-sex couples to marry created a …