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Court upholds inmate’s right to sex change

A federal appeals court upheld Friday a landmark order that the state must provide a taxpayer-funded sex change for a transgender prisoner convicted of murder, after finding that the surgery is the only adequate care for her gender identity disorder.

The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston backed a lower court’s decision in 2012 that the treatment is necessary and that Massachusetts officials violated the prisoner’s constitutional rights by failing to provide the surgery. It would be the first court-ordered, state-funded sex change for a prisoner in the country.

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