The support group did exist to help lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans inmates, but now the prison officials urged it to transform into GBT, because there are no women in the male prison, so there are no lesbians. But the letter T standing for ‘transgender’ was kept, so the officials admitted that there possibly may be transgender women among prisoners.
Adam Mac, an inamte who is currently serving an indeterminate sentence, wrote that discrimination goes “unnoticed, unchallenged and unresolved” behind the bars. Mac exposed the decision in his blog, Blogging Behind Bars, writing: “HMP Wakefield has dropped an ‘L’ (and are) now holding regular ‘GBT’ forums.
“When asked why they did this the staff explained that, since there are no female prisoners here, there aren’t any lesbians, so there’s no need for an ‘L’. Well, since they kept the ‘T’ I’m guessing that they acknowledge the presence of transgender prisoners here”.
“I wonder how they feel about the claim that there are no female prisoners at this jail. I happen to know of at least one prisoner who self-identifies as female and openly states that they are attracted to women and are therefore a lesbian.” He said that he didn’t believe the prison service had acted “out of malice”, but that they were “ignorant”. He added: “I don’t believe for a second that any of this is malice. It is simply ignorance of the issues at hand and a distinct lack of thought.”