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US trans prisoner barred from hair removal therapy

PinkNews Staff Writer August 11, 2009
Gay prisoner: File photo of a prisoner.

File photo of a prisoner. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

A trans prisoner has been denied further hair removal therapy after a judge said she would not suffer “serious harm” without it.

Michelle Kosilek, formerly known as Robert, is serving a life sentence for murdering her wife Cheryl in 1990.

US district judge Mark Wolf denied her request today but said he may still revisit the decision.

Her lawyer argued there was a “serious medical need” for her electrolysis treatment, which was halted after only seven sessions.

Kosilek is thought to have attempted suicide twice.

She is currently waiting to hear if the state of Massachusetts will pay for her gender reassignment.

She was denied funding in 2002 and unsuccessfully attempted to sue again in 2005.

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