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Federal Prison Approves Treatment for Transgender Prisoner Marius Mason
Long-Awaited Decision Clears the Way for Hormone Therapy
Fort Worth, Texas—In a long-awaited decision by administrators at FMC Carswell, a federal correctional institution, Marius Mason has been approved to begin hormone treatment for medical gender transition. Mason, who was assigned female at birth, is an environmental activist, sentenced in 2009 to 22 years in federal prison for the 1999 sabotage of a Monsanto laboratory on the Michigan State University campus. Marius was diagnosed with Gender Identity Dysphoria (GID) around 2013, and came out as trans to friends, family and supporters in 2014. Since then he has been seeking gender-affirming health care, including hormone treatment, or “T” that will cause him to develop male secondary sex characteristics. It is believed that he will be the first trans masculine person to obtain transition-related health care after coming into federal custody.
Although he uses masculine pronouns and the name Marius, the states of Texas and Michigan, where he could be said legally to reside, forbid name changes for incarcerated people. Experts in the treatment of trans people, however, insist that respect for a patient’s identity, including a gender-appropriate name and pronouns, constitute medically necessary care. Prisons are required to provide medically necessary care.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has had a policy on the care of individuals with GID since at least 2011, but despite Marius’ 2013 GID diagnosis, it was not until an independent expert review of Marius’ medical records that administrators and staff at FMC Carswell agreed to administer hormone treatment. The facility is now much closer to compliance with federal policy on gender-affirming care, and it is hoped that they will acknowledge the use of gender-affirming names and pronouns as a medical necessity.
Estimates of the number of transgender people in the population at large is difficult to estimate, both because the Census Bureau does not track this demographic, and because continued discrimination deters many people from coming out. As a result of transphobia, transgender people are disproportionately forced out of homes and the workforce, and are as a group over-represented in carceral settings. The decision of FMC Carswell to come into compliance with the Bureau of Prisons directive on GID promises to have positive effects for many other incarcerated trans persons.
For more information about transgender people in prisons, see http://www.blackandpink.org/
For more information about Marius Mason, see https://supportmariusmason.org
It’s Like Aesop Said (an Election Year Cautionary Tale)
Oh these silly frogs, all day long they cry
God tossed back His head, annoyed, with a sigh
They pray for a King and don’t want to be free
What shall I do for them, why can’t they see?
A King is a dangerous thing
To have or to be
An idea came to Him then, with a smile
Alright,alright, He shouted down to them, just wait a while
I’ll make you a ‘leader’, let this praying be shushed!
Now get out of the way, or else you’ll be crushed
From the high vaults of heaven, dropped the prodigious log
Crashing into the waters of the little frogs’ bog
It settled, all sturdy, a place in the sun
And the frogs all jumped up to sit, one by one
An evil-eyed pike cruised the shadows and pouted
I can’t get you up there, not at all, he shouted
With a flick of his tail, he swam away fast
The little frogs sighed, safe and happy at last
But quickly grew bored, as little frogs do
Oh this log is no King! It can’t say what to do!
Their cries rose to Heaven and managed to reach
God’s angry ears, and a lesson He’d teach
Oh very well, I will send you a King
One made in Hell, I guess that’s the thing!
Enough of your whining, your foolishness dooms you
Here comes your King, you deserve him to rule you!
A black silhouette blocks the sun and the glade
And the frogs all look up from their place in the shade
An imperious heron, a beak sharp as a blade
Feathered pompadour floating, with tons of pomade
Has come to be King of the frogs
Big news! Marius will be allowed to begin hormone therapy in a week or so!