Jakob Tiarnan Rumble is a Woman who identifies as a Man. Rumble sued Fairview Health Services, d/b/a Fairview Southdale Hospital (“Fairview”), and Emergency Physicians, P.A. (“Emergency Physicians”), alleging that the treatment he received at Fairview from June 23 to June 28, 2013, constitutes discrimination in violation of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), 42 U.S.C. § 18116, and the Minnesota Human Rights Act (“MHRA”), Minn. Stat. § 363A.11. Specifically, Rumble alleges that “he received worse care [from both Defendants] . . . because of his status as a transgender man.”
Rumble alleges that “[d]uring the week of June 16 to June 22, 2013, [he] saw his primary care provider with a complaint that his reproductive organs were inflamed and causing him extreme pain.” Rumble’s primary care physician prescribed a “7-day course of antibiotic treatment.” However, Rumble’s pain allegedly increased during the course of his antibiotic treatment. In fact, Rumble alleges that he “could hardly walk because of the pain[, and] [w]hen he urinated, he had to grab something to brace himself or bit down on a towel to endure the pain.” It is unknown if this ailment was related to testosterone use.
Rumble alleges that he received bad treatment in part because the defendants identified him as Female (he is actually Female) and that they were rude to him (it sounds like they were rude). His lawsuit recently survived a motion to dismiss.