What’s Current: ACLU blocks woman’s request for data on trans-identified males in women’s prisons

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  • The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) blocked a woman’s request for data on the “total number of male persons who identify as female, non-binary, or any other gender identity” currently housed in Washington women’s prisons. In response, the ACLU filed a temporary restraining order and motion for preliminary injuction against her. The Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF) is representing the woman, who filed a Freedom of Information Act request for the data.
  • BBC News reports Israeli soldiers who have been badly injured and “need sexual rehabilitation” are legally entitled to “surrogate sex therapy,” where people are hired to act as a patient’s sexual partner at the government’s expense.
  • UK lawmakers vote against a proposal to put serial domestic abusers and stalkers on the existing violent and sexual offenders registry, sparking outrage from survivors and advocates.
  • A group of women’s sports advocates unveil a new project to change the way trans-identified males compete in women’s sports, drawing backlash from trans rights activists.
  • Hundreds of women in Ethiopia’s war-torn Tigray region report they were subject to “horrific” sexual violence and slavery by Ethiopian and allied Eritrean soldiers.
Meghan McCarty

Meghan McCarty is an undergraduate student and aspiring journalist living in the United States.