Mass. Transgender Inmate Fighting for Electrolysis
Michelle Kosilek was born male but has received hormone treatments and now lives as a woman in an all-male male prison, where she is serving a life sentence. Kosilek was named Robert when married to Cheryl Kosilek and convicted of murdering her in 1990.
In September, a federal judge ordered state prison officials to provide sex-reassignment surgery, saying it is the only adequate way to treat Kosilek’s gender-identity disorder. The Department of Correction is appealing.
Kosilek’s lawyers have asked the judge to also order prison officials to provide the hair removal treatments. A hearing on the request is set for Monday in federal court.