In her lawsuit against the prison, Diamond said that although she had been taking hormone treatments for the past 17 years, she was not identified as transgender during her 2012 intake with the Georgia Department of Corrections and was denied therapy in prison. Housed with violent male offenders, Diamond was routinely sexually and physically assaulted, in addition to the harm and suffering brought about by the lack of hormone treatment, her lawsuit stated.
The Justice Department intervened on Diamond’s behalf last Friday. “The United States asserts that, under the facts alleged, Ms. Diamond will be successful in showing that she has thus far received a constitutionally inadequate level of medical care for her gender dysphoria, and that the policy preventing her from receiving more appropriate and individualized treatment—the ‘freeze-frame’ policy—is facially unconstitutional,” the department wrote in a statement of interest.
Despite the policy change, Diamond’s situation is far from resolved. Thursday’s hearing, where Diamond was not present, was convened in order to address an emergency motion seeking her immediate transfer to a lower-level security prison, or to give her better protection at the Georgia State Prison where she is currently housed. That issue, the New York Times reports, was not settled Thursday:
A new date to hear testimony from Diamond has yet to be set.
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