The chief psychiatrist for the Massachusetts Department of Correction says a transgender inmate who won a court order for taxpayer-funded sex-change surgery has no medical need for further electrolysis treatments.
Dr. Robert Diener testified Monday on Michelle Kosilek's request to have additional hair-removal treatments. Diener said he evaluated Kosilek in 2010 and again last month and concluded that Kosilek's anxiety level hasn't changed, even though she hasn't had electrolysis treatments since 2008.
A convicted murderer in Massachusetts says a judge's decision to grant her request for sex-change surgery is "the right thing to do." WAMC’s Lucas Willard has more….
U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ruled this month that sex-reassignment surgery is the only adequate treatment for Michelle Kosilek's gender-identity disorder, which he found was a "serious medical need."
Wolf's ruling prompted an outcry among some legislative leaders, who say Kosilek isn't entitled to the taxpayer-funded surgery.