The Liberal Democrat Party leader claimed that the current Tory majority government is not keeping up with the record it set on equality while in coalition with his party.
The UK lost its ranking as the best country on Europe on LGBT rights earlier this year, outstripped by Malta.
In an article with the Huff Post, Mr Farron said:
Jane Fae, a transgender campaigner and journalist, said the poll’s findings were “a very good thing” for trans prisoners.
“Ninety-nine times out of 100, that’s going to be the right answer. If you look at Tara Hudson, can you imagine putting someone like that amongst a group of largely undisciplined, criminal men? You know what is going to happen to them, and the idea that we should put them anywhere other than the female estate is bonkers.”
“Here is someone who is working their way towards getting that surgery, who is looking every bit a woman, but they don’t have that magic certificate.”
Dr Jay Stewart, co-founder of Gendered Intelligence, said trans women were vulnerable and exposed when sent to men’s prisons.
“Those who do not have Gender Recognition Certificates (and many trans people don’t) are not being respected and treated in their self identified gender in instances such as these.”