Some transgender inmates at Colorado Territorial prison want reforms — including the option to be jailed in a woman’s prison — that could result from Lindsay Saunders-Velez’s outspokenness. They just don’t like how she went about it.

They say the transgender inmate who sued the state prison system claiming she was raped is making their situation worse by failing to follow an unofficial code of conduct that keeps safe people who identify with a gender other than the one with which they were born.

“We call her a him,” Paula Marie Thompson said, using one of the most searing insults to trans people: using male pronouns when referring to someone who identifies as a woman. “Nobody wants to be around him any more.”

Colorado lawmakers on May 7 cited Saunders-Velez by name in a resolution prodding the Colorado Department of Corrections to update their policy regarding transgender inmates, asking that “gender non-conforming” prisoners be housed according to their gender identity rather than genital configuration.

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Transgender inmate Jessica Guitron 58, at the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility in Ca–non City on May 4, 2018.

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Transgender inmate Monica Anaya, 44, at the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility in Ca–non City May 4, 2018.

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Transgender inmate Acacia Lyndarr, 39, at the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility in Ca–non City, May 4, 2018.

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Transgender inmate Taliyah Murphy, 34, at the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility in Cañon City May 4, 2018.

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Transgender inmate Paula Thompson, 44, speaks at the Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility in Cañon City May 4, 2018.

“Transgender inmates are particularly vulnerable in

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