Jade September
Jade September, who killed a stranger in cold blood, demands special considerations for his “gender” in prison. (Courtesy: IOL News)

Cape Town, Western Cape, ZA – Jade September, aged 36, is a male convicted killer who identifies as a woman. In 2013, Mr September brutally killed a 65-year-old man in cold blood, and is serving a 15-year sentence for the crime.

Recalling the day he bludgeoned the senior citizen with a whisky bottle before stabbing him to death, Mr September mused:

I remember standing over him with a bloody knife and a bottle of whisky in my hands. I never wanted to kill him. I only wanted to rob him.

Mr September, who was named Jerome Benjamin at birth, is comfortable serving time in a male prison. He notes that fellow male inmates treat him with respect or indifference.

However, the convict feels oppressed by prison officials’ recent decision to stop permitting him to express gender behind bars.

Mr September wants to wear makeup, painted nails, underwear made for women, jewelry and braided long hair while in prison. He also requires that prison staff validate his gender identity by referencing him with his preferred female pronouns.

According to the killer, he is “traumatized” by his inability to display and be validated in his chosen gender, and it has “caused me to feel extremely demeaned and deprived of my identity.”

In 2018, Mr September filed a human rights complaint alleging that he attempted suicide in December 2017 as a result of “damage to [his] mental health” caused by correction service officials’ refusal to accommodate gender identity.

Sanja Bornman
Sanja Bornman is representing Jade September in his lawsuit against the corrections system for refusal to use his pronouns and accommodate his wish to express femininity while behind bars for murder. (Courtesy: eNCA / Twitter)

According to the Mr September’s advocate, Sanja Bornman of the Lawyers for Human Rights, “it is the duty of state to accommodate her where she currently is.” The advocate asserts that refusal of prison officials to use Mr. September’s female pronouns and permit him to display femininity is an act of “unlawful discrimination” under the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act.

Transgender rights activists held vigil outside of the courthouse on November 26, 2018 as Mr September’s case seeking remedy for violation of his fundamental constitutional rights to equality and human dignity began.

Protest for Jade September
Transgender rights activists protest outside of the court room on November 26, 2018 in support of convicted killer Jade September. Mr. September’s supporters believe that prison officials have denied the killer’s fundamental human rights by refusing to permit him to wear makeup, women’s underwear and long braids. (Courtesy: Cosmopolitan South Africa)

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