November 20, 2012 2:13 pm ET - by Carlos Maza
On the same day that thousands of people around the world gather to remember those who have been killed due to anti-transgender hatred, Fox News ran a segment criticizing one transgender prison inmate for requesting adequate medical care.
November 20 is the International Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day meant to memorialize the victims of violence motivated by transphobia. It’s only fitting, then, that the Fox & Friends crew would start the day with a news alert mocking Michelle Kosilek, a transgender prison inmate in Massachusetts who requested electrolysis treatment to complete her gender transition:
Although Kosilek’s request was denied that afternoon, electrolysis is widely recognized as an option for helping transgender people fully transition. A number of courts have recently recognized that denying adequate medical care to transgender inmates is a violation of the Eighth Amendment.
Earlier this year, Fox similarly criticized guidelines for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency that would allow transgender detainees to continue hormone therapy while in custody.
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