Attorney: Texas prisoner approved to start hormone therapy

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Posted: Aug 21, 2016 2:27 PM

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The federal prison system has approved a Texas inmate's request to begin hormone therapy to transition into a man, according to the inmate's attorney.

Moira Meltzer-Cohen says 52-year-old Marius Mason, a prisoner at the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth, is awaiting the medications he will need to start developing male characteristics.

Mason is "thrilled to death," she said.

Carswell holds 1,400 female prisoners of varying security levels with physical or mental health needs.

Mason is the first to receive health care assistance from the federal prison system to undertake a female-to-male transition, Meltzer-Cohen told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (http://bit.ly/2bMlG13 ).

"I think the main hurdle has been the newness of the setting," Meltzer-Cohen said. "I don't think the doctors have had to deal with this before in a prison setting. They are moving very carefully, and that's why there are a lot of delays."

Bureau of Prison officials declined to comment on Mason's gender transition, stating that an inmate's health information is not public information.

Mason has not been comfortable with his birth gender for years, Meltzer-Cohen said. He was diagnosed in 2013 with gender dysphoria and went public with his wish to be male in 2014, she added.

Mason was convicted of arson in 2009 and sentenced to 22 years for burning down a Monsanto laboratory on the Michigan State University campus in 1999.

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Information from: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, http://www.star-telegram.com