Ivan Black claimed in a lawsuit that he was denied treatment for gender identity disorder (“GID”) while an inmate at the Michigan Department of Corrections (“MDOC”). In his lawsuit, Black referenced MDOC’s policy directive 04.06.184 which reads, in relevant part that,
To be diagnosed with a gender identity disorder, there must be evidence of a strong and persistent cross-gender identification (i.e., the desire to be, or the insistence that one is, of the other sex) and evidence of persistent discomfort about one’s assigned sex or a sense of inappropriateness in the gender role of that sex. . . . If the medical/mental health evaluations support a diagnosis of gender identity disorder, the medical provider shall formulate an individual management plan. . . . Hormonal treatment of a prisoner with a gender identity disorder may be undertaken only if approved by the Chief Medical Officer and only if one or more of the following apply: (1) The prisoner was, immediately prior to incarceration, scheduled for sex reassignment surgery at a recognized university affiliated gender identity disorder clinic (as documented by receipt of definitive records) and was receiving hormonal treatment under that clinic’s supervision; (2) The prisoner has been surgically castrated (confirmed anatomically or, in biological females, by receipt of definitive records); (3) The prisoner had a valid prescription prior to incarceration for hormonal treatment; (4) Other circumstances as approved by the Chief Medical Officer.
The court dismissed his lawsuit because he did not file it within the three-year statute of limitations for such a lawsuit.