Supporters: Free Atlanta drag queen from prison

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Supporters of an Atlanta drag performer in prison on a burglary conviction are rallying virtually for her, accusing Georgia prison officials of human rights violations for refusing to provide her with hormone treatments.

The Georgia Department of Corrections already faces the threat of a lawsuit over its alleged mistreatment of Ashley Diamond, a transgender woman and drag performer serving a decade-long prison sentence. The Southern Poverty Law Center warned corrections officials in May to provide hormone therapy and mental health care for Diamond and other transgender inmates. Otherwise, they would consider filing a federal lawsuit to compel them.

Now, Diamond's supporters launched an online petition, Justice for Ashley Diamond, on July 11 seeking her early release over allegations of “gross human right violations and violations of constitutional acts.”

Miranda Pickett, like others who signed the petition, criticized Diamond's alleged mistreatment while in prison.

This is undulate treatment.This makes me wonder about the prisoners who are out in our society. They come out worse because of nothing being done about the rape or brutality that goes on inside.Things need to change for a better world tomorrow.

Organizers of the petition hope to gather 200 signatures. On Friday, they had collected 110.

Diamond is serving several sentences related to incidents in 2009 and 2011 in Floyd County. She was convicted on several charges, including burglary, theft by taking and obstruction. Prison records show that her sentence started on March 27, 2012 and could continue until 2023.

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