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LBGT Rights Advocates "Disappointed" with DOC Appeal for Former Mansfield Resident Michelle Kosilek

LBGT advocates, such as Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) & the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), disappointed with appeal decision.

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."

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Kenya Barry September 28, 2012 at 12:04 PM
If MTPC and GLAD want him to have this surgery, then they should pay for it... NOT THE TAXPAYERS!
Zoe Brain September 29, 2012 at 07:53 AM
The DOC won't let prisoners select medical treatment other than the minimum needed, and certainly won't let them pay for anything better. If it's necessary, the 8th amendment says the DOC has to provide it. Otherwise it's forbidden. The plaintiff here did offer to pay for it, in 1993. This was rejected out of hand, of course. Are there any other medically necessary surgical procedures you think should be denied to prisoners?

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