Trans Inmate Continues Fight For Transition-Related Care

Inmate Michelle Kosilek continues to fight the state of Massachusetts to receive the transition-related care that her doctors have prescribed for her. A federal judge ruled in September that the state must provide the prisoner with sex-reassignment surgery, but Massachusetts has appealed, further delaying the treatment. Now Kosilek’s lawyers are fighting to allow her electrolysis hair-removal treatments to continue, but the Department of Corrections will not allow an independent therapist to evaluate her medical needs. Deprived of the ability to transition, Kosilek has experienced depression that has led to self-harm, and she also faces unfair treatment living as a woman in an all-male prison.