Gender and the Law Prof Blog

Editor: Tracy A. Thomas
University of Akron School of Law

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Transgender Issue in Ohio

From the Jurist:  

A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio [official website] on Friday ordered the permanent reinstatement of hormone treatments for a transgender Ohio prison inmate who complained about losing her breast tissue, growing facial hair and suffering other related symptoms after treatments were stopped. 


Whitney Lee had been receiving hormone treatments since 1999 until the state stopped her treatments in 2012. Lee argued that she had experienced medical issues, including severe depression, since the state stopped her treatment. According to the complaint [text, PDF] filed by the Ohio Justice and Policy Center [advocacy website], Lee began living as a woman at age 18 and had previously received the treatments at home, in federal prison and an Ohio county jail.

The complaint also said that Lee was placed on suicide watch after the treatments were stopped. The prisons department argued against her claim, stating that a psychiatrist had determined she was not suffering from gender identity disorder and that she had failed to exhaust all remedial procedures through the prison system before filing a lawsuit.Judge Algenon Marbley [official profile] ruled [AP report] that the state's actions violated Lee's constitutional rights and that it must immediately reinstate the treatments.

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