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Justice Department files statement of interest in lawsuit about treatment for gender dysphoria in prison setting

Posted on January 11, 2024


  • The Justice Department filed a statement of interest in a lawsuit about not allowing treatment for gender dysphoria in a prison setting.
  • The statement says gender dysphoria is covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)’s definition of “disability,” and prisons cannot deny the right medical care for people with gender dysphoria.
  • The Georgia Department of Corrections didn’t allow an individual with gender dysphoria to get the surgery that had been recommended by four clinicians and ongoing hormone therapy.
  • The Justice Department is supporting the person’s case, saying that not providing this care is breaking the law.
  • Prisons can’t say no to important treatments for people with this condition.

Read the press release 

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