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Friend-of-the-Court Brief in the Kosilek v. Spencer Case

Friend-of-the-Court Brief in the Kosilek v. Spencer Case

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This friend-of-the-court brief, submitted by the National Center for Transgender Equality and seven other LGBT equality organization argues that all people, including those in incarceration, have an unquestionable constitutional right to medically necessary healthcare.
This friend-of-the-court brief, submitted by the National Center for Transgender Equality and seven other LGBT equality organization argues that all people, including those in incarceration, have an unquestionable constitutional right to medically necessary healthcare.

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Published by: Nat'l Center for Transgender Equality on Mar 04, 2013
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No. 12-2194IN THE
 
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALSFOR THE FIRST CIRCUIT
M
ICHELLE
L.
 
K
OSILEK
,
P
 LAINTIFF 
-A
PPELLEE 
,
v.
L
UIS
S.
 
S
PENCER
,
IN HIS OFFICIAL CAPACITY AS
C
OMMISSIONER OF THE
M
ASSACHUSETTS
D
EPARTMENT OF
C
ORRECTION
,
 D
 EFENDANT 
-A
PPELLANT 
.
 
On Appeal from the United States District Courtfor the District of MassachusettsBRIEF OF GAY & LESBIAN ADVOCATES & DEFENDERS,EQUALITYMAINE, HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN, MASSEQUALITY,MASSACHUSETTS TRANSGENDER POLITICAL COALITION,NATIONAL CENTER FOR TRANSGENDER EQUALITY, NATIONALGAY & LESBIAN TASK FORCE, AND TRANSGENDER NEWHAMPSHIRE AS
 AMICI CURIAE
IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFF-APPELLEE AND IN SUPPORT OF AFFIRMANCE
Jennifer Levi1st Cir. # 68958Bennett H. Klein1st Cir. # 34391Gay & Lesbian Advocates &Defenders30 Winter St., Suite 800Boston, MA 02108(617) 426-1350
Counsel for Amici Curiae
Dated: February 27, 2013
 
i
CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
Pursuant to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 26.1, each of the
amici
(withthe exception of TransGender New Hampshire, an unincorporated association), is anon-profit organization. None has a parent corporation or issues any stock.
 
ii
TABLE OF CONTENTS
IDENTITY AND INTEREST OF
 AMICI CURIAE 
.................................................. 1INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY ...................................................................... 4ARGUMENT ............................................................................................................. 6I.
 
TRANSGENDER PEOPLE ARE SUBJECT TO PERVASIVESOCIAL DISAPPROVAL AND DISCRIMINATION. ................................. 6II.
 
A LONG HISTORY OF SENSATIONALIZED MEDIAACCOUNTS OF “SEX CHANGE” OPERATIONS FROM THE1930S TO PRESENT HAS SIGNIFICANTLY CONTRIBUTED TOTHE PUBLIC’S BIAS AGAINST TRANSSEXUALS ANDMISPERCEPTION OF SEX REASSIGNMENT SURGERY. .................... 14CONCLUSION ........................................................................................................ 23

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