COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — 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.