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Convicted Oklahoma rapist threatens suicide if state doesn't give sex-change surgery

A convicted rapist who wants the Oklahoma state Corrections Department to pay for a sex-change operation claims in his latest court filing that he may kill himself if he doesn't receive treatment by the time he turns 45.
by Andrew Knittle Published: April 18, 2013
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Gender identity disorder is characterized by an overwhelming sense by those afflicted that they would be happier if they were the opposite sex.

Claims of cruelty

In his lawsuit, the inmate is claiming that various state Corrections Department employees, including Director Justin Jones, are subjecting him to cruel and unusual punishment by not providing treatment to him.

Jerry Massie, a spokesman for the department, said the state will provide hormones to inmates, but only under certain circumstances.

“There's only one official (gender identity disorder) offender,” Massie said. “On this particular person ... they had had some procedures done prior to incarceration, so it's medically appropriate to prescribe the hormones.”

Massie said another inmate is receiving cross-gender hormones “for a medical issue not related to (gender identity disorder).”

The hormones, which Massie did not name, range in price. The monthly prescription for one of the inmates is $158.73. The other's is only $3.73 per month.

Darnell's federal lawsuit is pending and he recently asked a judge to appoint a lawyer to his case.

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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