The Associated Press (this was big, national news) reports that Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia has enacted a new policy meant to protect LGBT prisoners and others incarcerated (such as those without bail who have not been convicted). The move comes amidst growing calls for the City of Houston to adopt more tolerant viewpoints and regulations towards the community.
The policy allows transgendered prisoners, including those pre-surgery, to be housed with their gender identity, not their birth, biological sex. The article also notes that the new “policy also covers intersex inmates,” though it does not explain how it goes about this. Additionally, the new policy will ensure that a zero-tolerance stance will be taken on sexual abuse (of anyone, including LGBT prisoners) by jail staff.