Pullum v. Elola (USA)

Larry Pullum was born a man and suffers from a sexuality and gender identity disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. He sometimes dresses as a woman and, when he was arrested in Davidson County, Tennessee, he was dressed in female clothing. On March 7, 2014, Pullum was transported to the Dickson County Jail, where he is currently incarcerated. An officer at the Davidson County Jail gave Pullum male clothing to wear for transport but the female clothing and undergarments were sent with Pullum. When Pullum arrived at the Dickson County Jail, he informed the booking officer, David Elola, of his gender disorder and asked Elola not to reveal this information to others, fearing for his safety. Instead, Elola “pulled out [his] dress and bra and held them up for everyone to see.” Officer Elola told him, “They should have made you wear them.” Pullum was subsequently assaulted. Pullum filed a lawsuit for civil rights violations, which a federal court in Tennessee correctly allowed to proceed.

Pullum v. Elola.

Complaint.

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