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Transgender Inmate Sues Department Of Corrections Over Hormone Therapy

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Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

A transgender inmate is suing the Florida Department of Corrections. The woman argues she is being denied medically necessary treatment.

A man waves a rainbow flag in front of the United States Supreme Court.
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The Florida Channel
A man waves a rainbow flag in front of the United States Supreme Court.

Reiyn Keohane is a transgender woman currently being held in a male prison. Keohane has identified as female since the age of 12, and began hormone therapy at the age of 19. Since entering the Everglades Correctional Institution she has been denied that therapy. Keohane, like many transgender people, suffers from gender dysphoria. That’s a diagnosed medical condition of clinically significant distress resulting from identifying as a gender other than the sex assigned at birth. Treatment for gender dysphoria can include counseling, hormone therapy, and social, legal and sometimes medical transition. Keohane’s lawyers argue that denying her medically necessary treatment is cruel and unusual, and unconstitutional under the 8 th Amendment.

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As a Tallahassee native, Kate Payne grew up listening to WFSU. She loves being part of a station that had such an impact on her. Kate is a graduate of the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts. With a background in documentary and narrative filmmaking, Kate has a broad range of multimedia experience. When she’s not working, you can find her rock climbing, cooking or hanging out with her cat.