A trans woman who was denied treatment in a male prison injected bleach into her testicles in an attempt to surgically remove her scrotum herself.
Cat Smith, the shadow minister for women, shared the horrific story to make clear the treatment trans prisoners are receiving in British prisons.
She said the prisoner had also been the victim of rape and sexual assault.
In the House of Commons, Smith said: ‘While she [the unnamed prisoner] continues to be denied this right to surgery and to be moved to a female prison, she remains extremely vulnerable and at high risk from harm.
‘Examples of her self harm have included injecting bleach into her testicles, attempting self surgery to remove her scrotum.’
She added the inmate was ‘very vulnerable’ with ‘recorded serious attempts to self harm and attempts at suicide’.
Smith said the prisoner, who she did not name, wrote to her asking for help.
‘I cannot take no more,’ she reportedly said. ‘I am a woman in a male prison and it is not right.’
Vicky Thompson, 21, and Joanne Latham, 38, were both trans woman who both recently died in men’s prisons. Tara Hudson, another prisoner who was sent to an all-male jail, was relocated after saying she thought of taking her own life.
A majority of Britons, 66%, believe trans women should be placed in a women’s prison, according to a poll commissioned by Huff Post UK and conducted by YouGov.
It found 12% believed trans women should be sent to a men’s prison, while one in five were not sure.