Transgender inmate suing over hormone treatments

Whitney Lee.
Whitney Lee.

AP Legal Affairs Writer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - 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.

Whitney Lee had undergone continuous hormone therapy since 1999 until the corrections 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 judge temporarily ordered the state to provide them and scheduled a hearing for Thursday in Columbus.

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

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