AP Exclusive: Mass. inmate lauds sex-change ruling

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Posted: Sep 18, 2012 2:41 PM
AP Exclusive: Mass. inmate lauds sex-change ruling

BOSTON (AP) — A convicted murderer in Massachusetts says a judge's decision to grant her request for sex-change surgery is "the right thing to do."

U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ruled this month that sex-reassignment surgery is the only adequate treatment for Michelle Kosilek's gender-identity disorder, which he found was a "serious medical need."

Wolf's ruling prompted an outcry among some legislative leaders, who say Kosilek isn't entitled to the taxpayer-funded surgery.

Kosilek tells The Associated Press in a phone interview from prison that gender-identity disorder is a "valid medical condition," though she knows some don't view it that way. She says she's entitled to medical treatment, just like other inmates.

Kosilek was named Robert when married to Cheryl Kosilek. He was convicted of killing her in 1990.