Trump-appointed judge rules trans people have no right to choose pronouns

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A Trump-appointed judge has denied a trans woman the right to have her legal name and correct pronouns used in her incarceration records, as well as to be addressed by the chosen name and female pronouns when the prison staff communicates with her. Kathrine Nicole Jett pleaded guilty to attempted receipt of child pornography in 2012 and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Having 1/5 of her term served, she came out as a transgender woman. Judge Kyle Duncan of the US Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an 11-page ruling that “no authority supports the proposition that we may require litigants, judges, court personnel, or anyone else to refer to gender-dysphoric litigants with pronouns matching their subjective gender identity”. Actually, some do, but Mr. Duncan is probably unaware of such precedents. He also misgendered and deadnamed the woman in the text of his ruling many times. Jett said: “I am a woman… referring to me simply as a male and with male pronouns based solely on my biological body makes me feel very uneasy and disrespected.”

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