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LGBTI Laws & Policies - Court Cases

Transsexual Prisoners

This case involves  prisoner serving a 34 year sentence for child sex abuse who suffers from gender dysphoria. Biologically male, they identify as female.The prisoner sued for alleged deliberate indifference to her serious medical needs.

Jessica Hicklin V. Anne Precynthe et. al. (2018)

A federal district court ordered the Missouri Department of Corrections (MDOC) and its contracted healthcare provider, Corizon LLC, to immediately provide Jessica Hicklin, a 38-year-old transgender woman incarcerated at

Brandon vs. County of Richardson, Texas (1997)

The Nebraska Supreme Court unanimously holds that the Richardson County Sheriff is liable both for his failure to protect Brandon Teena and separately for his abusive treatment of him.

DAVID H. PICKUP, et. al. vs. EDMUND G. BROWN, JR., Governor of California (2013)

Reversing an order granting preliminary injunctive relief in Welch v. Brown, 13-15023, and affirming the denial of preliminary injunctive relief in Pickup v.

Federal Judge Strikes State-Law Ban on Hormone Treatment for Transgendered Inmates (2010)

This news article reports on the unconstitutionality of a state law in Wisconsin, which banned transgender inmates from receiving hormone therapy.

Patti Hammon Shaw, Plaintiff, v. District of Columbia, (2011)

A District of Columbia district court opinion regarding the treatment of Pattie Hammond Shaw, a transgendered female, upon her arrest and while she was detained. Eighth Amendment claims were granted in part and denied in part.

Federal appeals court reinstates prisoner’s sex-change lawsuit (2013)

“The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that Ophelia Azriel De'lonta, born Michael Stokes, can argue that denying her the surgery violates the Eighth Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.”

Transgender inmate to get $80,000 (2015)

The state has agreed to pay $80,000 to settle a lawsuit by a transgender inmate from Rochester who alleged she was beaten by corrections officers at the Attica Correctional Facility.

Transgender inmate is first to be awarded individual compensation under Prison Rape Elimination Act (2015)

A Maryland administrative judge awarded $5,000 to a transgender state prison inmate, who alleged that guards kept her in solitary confinement for more than two months. AVA Journal, 2015. 

State of CA and Transgender Law Center reach historic settlement over trans prisoner health care (2015)

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation reached a groundbreaking settlement with Shiloh Quine, a transgender woman held in a men’s prison, to move her to a women’s facility and provide medical care, including gender-affirming surgery, determined necessary by several medical an


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