21-year-old transgender woman found dead at men’s prison in Leeds


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Liza Hearon | Mashable | November 19, 2015

LONDON — A 21-year-old transgender woman was found dead at a men’s prison in Leeds after she had told friends she would kill herself if she was sent there.

Vicky Thompson, who was assigned male at birth, but had identified as female since her mid-teens, was pronounced dead last Friday after being found unresponsive at Armley prison in Leeds. West Yorkshire police said her death wasn’t being treated as suspicious but an investigation has been launched.

The death follows another incidence of a transgender woman prisoner being placed in a men’s prison. Tara Hudson, 26, from Bath, was transferred to a women’s prison last month after more than 140,000 people signed petitions calling for the move.

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