Barney Frank Opposes Medical Treatment For Trans Prisoners

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) is the latest public figure to come out against providing sex reassignment surgery to transgender prisoners when deemed medically necessary, joining opposing Senate candidates Scott Brown (R) and Elizabeth Warren (D). Defending Massachusetts’s decision to appeal the case against Michelle Kosilek, Frank told MetroWeekly that the prescribed surgery is not “a good use of taxpayer dollars,” rebutting transgender activists by claiming that “they’re making a mistake if they think it’s a general trans issue.” It very much is a trans issue if proper medical treatment is being denied because of a person’s gender identity, and the true waste of taxpayer money is how much has been spent fighting Kosilek’s case, which have far exceeded the projected cost of her surgery.