Thank you to everyone who attended our demonstration at the Scottish Parliament on the 9th February, and to the MSPs who came out to speak with us – especially Michelle Thomson who agreed to give an impromptu speech.
This page is to bring together the main links for videos and speeches from the demonstration, but please also look on Twitter under #NoMalesInFemaleJails, #KPSS and #WomenWontWheesht for more photos and comments.
Covered on BBC Reporting Scotland:
Other media coverage:
The National: Protests held at Holyrood over transgender prisoners row
Belfast Telegraph: Campaigners stage protest against transgender criminals in women’s prisons
A selection of photographs from the demonstration (credit to CDF Images):
On the same day we were demonstrating the Scottish Prison Service released their Urgent Case Review. It states that, until the full review is complete: “any transgender person currently in custody and who has any history of violence against women – including sexual offences – will not be relocated from the male to the female estate. In addition, any newly convicted or remanded transgender prisoner will initially be placed in an establishment commensurate with their birth gender.”
Quite apart from the fact that it should refer to sex and not gender, this is entirely inadequate. Males convicted of murder and torture currently still remain in the female estate, and it leaves open the strong possibility that males will continue to be transferred into women’s prisons once the initial assessment has been carried out. We carry on campaigning.