Justice Department sues Utah after transgender inmate ’removed her own testicles’


The Justice Division filed a lawsuit Tuesday towards the state of Utah and its jail system after a transgender inmate “eliminated her personal testicles” in response to “unnecessarily delayed” therapy for her gender dysphoria. 

The lawsuit alleges that the incarcerated transgender girl – unnamed within the criticism –  was discriminated towards by the Utah Division of Corrections following “a number of requests to UDOC employees for therapy for gender dysphoria, together with a number of requests for hormone remedy” upon coming into the state jail system in 2021. 

The inmate was identified with gender dysphoria in June 2022, 9 months after she first requested hormone remedy, and the hormones weren’t supplied to her till January 2023, in response to the criticism. 

The transgender inmate “carried out harmful self-surgery and eliminated her personal testicles, leading to hospitalization and extra surgical procedure” after her gender dysphoria obtained worse, in response to the DOJ. Utah Division of Corrections

“When UDOC began the Complainant on hormone remedy it didn’t accomplish that safely or successfully,” the DOJ claims, including that her entry to care “was contingent on a biased and unnecessarily extended approval course of” and resulted in her gender dysphoria worsening. 

“In Could 2023, Complainant carried out harmful self-surgery and eliminated her personal testicles, leading to hospitalization and extra surgical procedure,” the lawsuit states. 

Along with searching for medical therapy, the inmate had sought and was denied “cheap modifications” to jail insurance policies aimed toward serving to her gender dysphoria signs, together with the power to purchase “ feminine clothes and private objects.”

She had additionally requested that the jail – additionally unnamed within the go well with –modify its “pat search insurance policies” and “individually assess her housing requests.”

“UDOC denied just about all of Complainant’s [Americans with Disabilities Act]  requests,” in response to the DOJ. 


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The Justice Division is accusing Utah’s jail system of violating the Individuals with Disabilities Act. Utah Division of Corrections

The Justice Division stated in a press release that the lawsuit is “a part of its broader efforts to fight discrimination towards people with gender dysphoria.” 

“Individuals with gender dysphoria, together with these held in jails and prisons, are protected by the Individuals with Disabilities Act and are entitled to equal entry to medical care identical to anybody else with a incapacity,” Assistant Lawyer Common Kristen Clarke of the Justice Division’s Civil Rights Division stated in a press release.

“Delays or refusals to supply medical therapy for individuals with gender dysphoria may cause irreparable hurt, together with debilitating misery, despair, makes an attempt at self-treatment and even loss of life by suicide,” she added. “The Civil Rights Division is dedicated to defending the rights of all individuals with disabilities in our nation, together with those that expertise gender dysphoria – and people rights aren’t given up on the jailhouse door.”

The lawsuit is demanding that Utah and its Division of Corrections and Division of Well being and Human Companies undertake insurance policies that present equal alternatives for incarcerated people with gender dysphoria; prepare jail employees on coping with inmates with gender dysphoria; present nondiscriminatory well being care providers to the complainant; and award compensatory damages to the inmate that eliminated her testicles.


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