“This was a discriminatory law that cruelly singled out transgender people by denying them — and only them — the medical care they need,” said John Knight, senior staff attorney with the ACLU Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Project. “Too often the medical needs of transgender persons are not treated as the serious health issues that they are. We are glad that the appeals court has found that medical professionals, not the Wisconsin legislature, should make medical decisions for inmates.”
“This decision should make it abundantly clear that it is unconstitutional to deny transgender inmates hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgery absent a medical basis for doing so,”ť said Larry Dupuis, legal director of the ACLU of Wisconsin.
State attorneys have not yet indicated if they will appeal further in this case but are said to be “reviewing their options.”
More information on this case, Fields v. Smith, can be found on the American Civil Liberties Union case profile page at: www.aclu.org/lgbt-rights_hiv-aids/sundstrom-v-frank-case-profile or on Lambda Legal case page at: www.lambdalegal.org/in-court/cases/fields-v-smith.html.