8th Circuit denies inmate's claim for transgender therapy | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, December 17, 2015

8th Circuit denies inmate's claim for transgender therapy

Posted By on Thu, Dec 17, 2015 at 5:32 PM

click to enlarge ANDREW REID
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld Judge Leon Holmes' ruling that a state prison inmate, Andrew Reid, could not sue prison officials for indifference to his medical needs, specifically that they denied estrogen treatment to aid her identification as a woman.

Reid, in two tries, removed both testicles after the therapy was refused. Reid identifies as a woman, but mental health professionals said Reid  didn't meet the criteria for gender identity disorder. So the court said the state had not been unreasonable in denying the request.

The decision was 2-1.Dissenting Judge Kermit Bye said the prison defendants had ignored the potential Reid would do self-harm. Reid serving a sentence for murder in Marshall.

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