A federal judge granted a temporary restraining order to a transgender woman to restore hormone treatments that the Ohio prison system stopped. The court found that Antione Lee demonstrated that the actions of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (“ODRC”) in ceasing the treatments resulted in immediacy of harm and irreparability of injury. Accordingly, the court granted Lee’s Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and ordered ODRC to resume administration of the hormone replacement therapy Lee was receiving before its discontinuation: 2.5 mg of Premarin (conjugated estrogens) per day. Lee identifies as transgender prior to incarceration.
Lee is housed with men at Mansfield Correctional Institution, where she is serving a three-year sentence on forgery and theft charges out of Hamilton County. Lee, 36, had previously received the treatments at home, in federal prison and in the Hamilton County Justice Center, according to a request for an emergency order filed by the Cincinnati-based Ohio Justice & Policy Center. That included estrogen treatment approved by prison authorities while Lee was imprisoned in 2009 and 2010, the request said. Lee began dressing as a woman as a teenager and has been living as a woman since she was 18, the center’s complaint said. Without the treatments, Lee lost breast tissue, her voice deepened, her skin became coarser and she began growing facial hair, among other symptoms, the request said. She also has grown irritable and angry and was placed on suicide watch, according to the request.