Star Passion

A Texas parole board on Thursday denied the parole request of a man whose gender identity is being challenged by Texas authorities.

Passion Star, whose real name is Joshua Zollicoffer, has already served 13 years of a 20-year prison sentence for aggravated kidnapping.

He claims to be a transgender "woman" who is subjected to repeated rapes, sexual harassment and abuse in the men's prison system.

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