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IN LGBT ON 01 Nov, 2015
Despite numerous appeals by thousands of supporters, a transgender woman is sent back to the male prison. Tara Hudson, 26 from Bath, was jailed and kept at HMP Bristol after committing the crime.
The supporters of makeup artist are pleading to keep her in a female prison. But legally she will always be considered and treated as a man.
The Recorder of Bristol, Llewelyn Sellick, said Hudson had a 'worrying criminal record' which contained numerous offences. He added: "It is for the prison service and not the court to establish where a sentence should be served."
Her condition triggered a nationwide campaign. More than 140,000 people signed petitions asking her to move to an all-female prison as she might become the victim of sexual assault in male prison.
She has had reconstructive surgery and is living the life of a woman but legally she will be always considered as a man. Soon, she will be sent to HMP Bristol which holds around 600 men.
The make-up artist was jailed for head butting a bar manager in a drunken Boxing Day attack, and sent to a men's prison because she is still legally male despite six years of sex-change surgery.
Hudson was born as Raymond Aaron David, and her birth certificate still states her official sex as male. Speaking outside court today, her mother Jackie Brooklyn described the decision as an 'outrage', adding: 'She is being treated terribly by the system. I don't think it is fair that she should be in a male prison. I think the laws are so behind in this country. A transgender person is actually a human being. I have not really slept at all since the sentence. I was hoping she was going to be released on tag but obviously she has gone back to a male prison so more sleepless nights.'
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