Ashley Diamond testified in a federal courthouse in Macon Monday afternoon, explaining to the judge that she was born transgender and confirming that she has tried to mutilate and kill herself as a result of sexual assaults endured while in prison, according to a report by 13 WMAZ.
Diamond made the appearance as part of her lawsuit against the Georgia Department of Corrections alleging that she has been denied hormone therapy, has been sexually assaulted by other inmates at the men’s prison and tormented by inmates and staff.
She also confirmed that she has tried to mutilate and kill herself as a result of the trauma, and talked about her struggles being transgender.
“It’s something I was born into,” she told Judge Marc Treadwell. “I struggled from a very small age to identify as female. It’s always something that I always felt. Whenever someone would say I was a boy, I would say I was a girl. I have lived solely … as a female since 15. Driver’s license, clothing, hormones.”