Marti Abernathey

Taking The Good With The Bad

Filed By Marti Abernathey | September 13, 2007 10:51 AM | comments

Filed in: Living, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: hormone replacement therapy, Jennifer Spencer, prisoners, transsexual

According to, Idaho Inmate Jennifer Spencer has won a small battle in the fight to get hormone replacement therapy in prison.

While this is definitely a win for humane treatment of prisoners and for transsexuals that are incarcerated in Idaho, I have to wonder what the blacklash will be. These are the kind of cases that rile up the nastier side of the right wing.

Examples from the comments of One News Now:

Although I do not live in Idaho, I think it is terrible that the taxpayers will have to pay for this therapy. It is bad enough that the taxpayer have to pay for room and board for the prisoners, but now for hormone therapy!!! Get REAL.. Most health insurance companies dont even cover all REAL illnesses, but now the taxpayers do. ONN

It's a shame that certain poorly performing activist judges can't be dealt with like the poorly performing pit bulldogs of the Michael Vick kennels (albeit not as humanely). ONN

Or you get nasty stuff like this:

Naturally US District Judge Mikel Williams agreed. It wouldn't occur to a judge that forcing the prison system to indulge insanity is not going to stop freaks from being crazy enough to mutilate themselves, because according to our liberal elite overlords, being "transgendered" isn't a matter of mental illness, but rather a sacrosanct ticket to climb aboard the official victim gravy train. (The lawsuit is pending. No doubt Gammett/Spencer will leave prison a wealthy she-man.)

The lunatics have literally taken charge of the asylum. - Moonbattery

No matter that a doctor has deemed this "medically necessary" or that prisoners are a wards of the state and are under the protection of the state (not to mention the Eighth Amendment). We need to get rid of them activist judges (The judges we don't agree with)!

The ironic twist is that the cost of the hormones themselves are minimal. The health care costs of those inmates who go to such an extreme as to cut off their testicles far outweigh giving the inmate the treatment in the first place.

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The irony of that last blockquote is that those sorts always see themselves as the victims, the constant victims, of minorities and/or women running them over and destroying their lives because we have the audacity, you know, to exist. It always annoys me when those wingers accuse everyone else of being "race victims" or whatever when they're the first ones to say that they're the victims of everything, including, strangely, an Idaho woman's transition.

Alex is right, I might add that is so typical of the war hungry Neo-Cons that have migrated to the forefront of the American political scene.

Everyone who is a citizen of this country is entitled to the protections under the US Constitution. You wouldn’t deny a diabetic drugs and you wouldn’t deny the mentally ill their drugs ether.

Take care,


It is bad enough that the taxpayer have to pay for room and board for the prisoners

People who believe this don't understand the way our prison system works. The prison industry boosts the economy through privatization, slave labor, monopolistic contracts, etc. All run on the backs of poor people of color and marginalized queers. Prisons rely on a steady stream of inmates to keep the gears turning.

Hi Marti,

Always great to see you bringing these topics to light.

Awhile back I quoted Ramon Johnson in a post about a Transgender Inmate Seeking a Sex Change.

He writes, "So, who should cover the cost? Is the burden of sex reassignment a public obligation or solely that of the individual? Or, should the expense be shared?”

The comments were fascinating... especially those in the tran community that didn't think prisoners deserve this right. I was surprised.

Ya, I really don't understand how transgender people have that mindset. If it's not medically necessary, then insurance companies will never cover it. If it IS medically necessary and the government doesn't pay for it, it's immoral and unethical.

What Alex says is very true - why is that the folks who always complain about "playing the race card" or something similar are always so willing to start complaining that someone else got something different than they did?