COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A transgender Ohio prison inmate wants a federal judge to order the state 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 this month after a federal judge temporarily ordered the state to provide them.
Judge Algenon Marbley held a hearing on the issue Thursday in Columbus. The hearing will continue Friday.
The correction department says a psychiatrist has determined Lee lacks the criteria for gender identity disorder and the therapy can’t be justified.