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Sheriff to Face Disability Suit by Inmate With Gender Dysphoria

Aug. 16, 2022, 6:39 PM

A disability discrimination suit against a Virginia sheriff by a transgender inmate was revived Tuesday by a divided Fourth Circuit, which said her gender dysphoria was covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Gender dysphoria is a “discomfort or distress that is caused by a discrepancy between a person’s gender identity and that person’s sex assigned at birth,” the opinion by Judge Diana Gribbon Motz said.

Kesha Williams is a transgender woman. She still had male genitalia but had been treating her gender dysphoria with hormone therapy for 15 years when she entered the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

Williams ...