Hearing continues in lawsuit by transgender Ohio prisoner over her hormone treatments

The Associated Press
May 1, 2014 10:17 PM

FILE-This undated file photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections shows Antione Lee. Lee, a transgender prison inmate in Ohio wants a federal judge to order the state to allow her hormone treatments to continue permanently. The inmate says she suffered a medical setback including facial hair growth and depression when the treatments stopped. (AP Photo/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, File)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A hearing is continuing into a second day over a lawsuit by a transgender prison inmate who wants a judge to order Ohio authorities to allow her hormone treatments to continue permanently.

Whitney Lee says she suffered a medical setback including facial hair growth and depression when the treatments stopped.

Lee had undergone continuous hormone therapy since 1999 until the correction department abruptly halted the treatments in February 2012. Her legal name is still Antione (AN'-twahn) Lee.

The state resumed the treatments last month after a federal judge temporarily ordered the state to provide them.

A hearing that began Thursday before Judge Algenon Marbley continues Friday.

The correction department says a psychiatrist has determined Lee lacks the criteria for gender identity disorder and the therapy can't be justified.


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