Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) & the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) said on Thursday that they are disappointed with the decision of the Massachusetts Department of Corrections to appeal the ruling last week to allow Michelle Kosilek to have gender reassignment surgery.
“There really is no legal ground for this appeal," transgender rights project director for GLAD Jennifer Levi stated in a recent GLAD press release. "We believe the district court decision is very solid and will stand.”
Kosilek was convicted of murder in 1990, when she was known as Robert Kosilek, and 12 years ago started a successful lawsuit against the state to allocate taxpayer dollars to her gender reassignment surgery.
“We are very disappointed that the Commonwealth has decided to go in this direction," executive director of MTPC Gunner Scott said in a recent press release. "Care that is medically necessary for prisoners cannot be denied based on public opinion."