What’s Current: Washington law will allow kids seeking ‘transition’ to be removed from parents’ care

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5599 on Tuesday, May 9
  • On Tuesday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill preventing parents from intervening and retaining custody should their kids run away from home, seeking “transition.” AP News reports that, previously, “licensed shelters and host homes in Washington had generally been required to notify parents within 72 hours when a minor came into their care.” Now, under the new law, facilities can instead contact the state Department of Children, Youth and Families. Minors will also be allowed to stay at “host homes — private, volunteer homes that temporarily house young people without parental permission.”
  • Nina Paley’s amazing “Gender Wars” playing card decks are here!

  • Irish women protest men in women’s prisons in light of Minister for Justice Simon Harris’ visit to Limerick Prison to open a new wing.

A prisoner named Barbie Kardashian sparked outrage after being sentenced to four-and-a-half years for threatening to rape, torture and murder his mother. He is currently being housed as a “woman” in Limerick Prison. The National Police Service of Ireland, Gardaí, are now investigating allegations that Kardashian threatened to rape female prison staff. The Irish Prison Service is currently drafting policy around the issue of “transgender inmates.”

On Friday, members of Women’s Space Ireland taped their mouths shut in a silent protest outside the Mulgrave Street prison, holding a banner which read, “No Males in Women’s Jails.”

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