Judge orders treatment for Ohio transgender inmate

COLUMBUS, OH - A federal judge has ordered the permanent restoration of hormone treatments for a transgender Ohio prison inmate who complained about facial hair growth without them.

Inmate Whitney Lee says she suffered a medical setback and depression when the treatments stopped.

Lee had undergone continuous hormone therapy since 1999 until the correction department abruptly halted the treatments in February 2012. Her legal name is still Antione Lee.

Judge Algenon Marbley ordered the state on Friday to permanently continue the treatments following his order last month they be temporarily continued until a hearing.

The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction says a psychiatrist has determined Lee lacks the criteria for gender identity disorder and the therapy can't be justified.

The 36-year-old Lee is housed with men at Mansfield Correctional Institution.

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