Transgender Woman Sues Georgia Dept. Of Corrections, Justice Department Sides With Her

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In 2012, a transgender woman Ashley Diamond, was arrested on burglary charges and was housed in a correctional facility with men. Although Diamond had been taking estrogen therapy for 17 years, she was denied access to her medication; her gender as a woman was not acknowleged by the Georgia Corrections Department.

Diamond,now 36, subsequently sued the department in February, her initial lawsuit saying that her rights were after the agency failed to continue her treatment, as well as disregarded her gender by placing her in a male correctional facility. The Department of Justice recently sided with her in her lawsuit.

“Prison officials have the obligation to assess and treat gender dysphoria just as they would any other medical or mental health condition,” the Justice Department’s prosecutor Vanita Gupta said on Friday, according to The New York Times.

The Times reports that, “Without the hormones…

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