A letter from Vanessa,6.14.2016

valessablog6.11.2016
transcribed below:

HI, I’M VANESSA, I’M WRITING YOU IN PROFOUND HOPE THAT YOU WILL HELP ME DRAW ATTENTION TO TDCJ’S HARSH POLICIES THAT BLATANTLY DENYING TRANSGENDER PRISONERS HEALTH CARE TO TREAT OUR GENDER DYSPHORIA.
TRANSGENDER PRISONERS ARE THE ONLY CLASS OF PRISONERS THAT TDCJ AND OTHER PRISON SYSTEMS WILL NOT TREAT IN ACCORDANCE TO PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS OF CARE!
    GENDER DYSPHORIA IS A SERIOUS, DEBILITATING CONDITION THAT IS SOMETIMES ASSOCIATED WITH SUICIDE AND SELF-CASTRATION.  IN FACT, IN A STUDY DONE BY THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR TRANSGENDER EQUALITY FOUND THAT 41% OF TRANSGENDER PEOPLE IN THE US HAVE ATTEMPTED SUICIDE.
WHEN IT COMES TO OTHER PRISONERS SERIOUS MEDICAL CONDITIONS FEDERAL COURTS DEMAND THAT PRISON OFFICIALS TREAT THEM ADEQUATELY.  FEDERAL COURTS HAVE RULED THAT ADEQUATE MEDICAL CARE REQUIRES TREATMENT BY A QUALIFIED PERSONAL, WHO PROVIDE SERVICES THAT ARE OF A QUALITY ACCEPTABLE WHEN MEASURED BY PRUDENT PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS OF THAT COMMUNITY.  BUT WHEN IT COMES TO TRANSGENDER PRISONERS, PRISON OFFICIALS REFUSE TO!
IN TEXAS TRANSGENDER INMATES DON’T HAVE A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO TREATMENT BECAUSE TO DATE, THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT HAS NOT DEFINED WHAT CONSTITUTES CONSTITUTIONALLY ADEQUATE TREATMENT FOR INDIVIDUALS SUFFERING FROM GENDER DYSPHORIA.  SEE COURT RULING.
THIS VIOLATES THE EXISTING FEDERAL LAW BECAUSE ALL INMATES ARE SUPPOSE TO RECEIVE ADEQUATE HEALTH CARE.  ESTELLE V. GAMBLE, 429 U.S. 97, 102, 97 S.CT. 285 (1978). MANDATED THAT PRISON OFFICIALS PROVIDE INMATES WITH ADEQUATE CARE!  HOWEVER, EVEN FEDERAL JUDGES IGNORE THIS!  THE JUDGE OVER MY LAW SUIT CONSTITUTIONALLY DENIES MY MOTIONS BECAUSE THE FIFTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS HASN’T YET DECIDED IF WE ARE ENTITLED TO CARE!  
THIS ALLOWS TDCJ OFFICIALS TO ABUSE US, TO DENY US PROVEN EFFECTIVE TREATMENT, ETC!
    THE WORLD PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR TRANSGENDER HEALTH CARE IS THE STANDARD OF CARE THAT TDCJ IS SUPPOSE TO FOLLOW.  THIS ISN’T WHAT I BELIEVE, THIS IS WHAT THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY SAYS.  YET, TDCJ WILL NOT FOLLOW IT BECAUSE THIS POLICY RECOMMENDS THE FOLLOWING CARE TO TREAT GENDER DYSPHORIA:
HORMONES,  2. THE REAL LIFE EXPERIENCE, AND 3. SEX REASSIGNMENT SURGERY.  SEE WWW.WPATH.ORG
TDCJ RELUCTANTLY STARTED PROVIDING US HORMONE THERAPY BUT IT REFUSES TO EVEN PROVIDE US WITH THE REST OF THE RECOMMENDED TREATMENT!  IN FACT, MY DOCTOR AT UTMB KEVIN MCKINNEY RECOMMENDED I BE ALLOWED TO LIVE AS A FEMALE AND HAVE THE ITEMS TO FREELY EXPRESS MY GENDER!  YET, DR. GREENE ON MY UNIT FLAT OUT TOLD ME HE WOULD NEVER ALLOW A MAN TO LIVE AS A FEMALE!
IT IS MY HOPE THAT YOU WILL HELP ME END THIS ABUSE!  THIS DOESN’T ONLY AFFECT ME, IT AFFECTS EVERY TRANSGENDER PRISONER IN THE U.S.A!  THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE AT ALL!  IF YOU BELIEVE THAT PRISONERS SHOULD BE TREATED AS HUMANS, WE NEED YOUR UNCONDITIONAL ATTENTION AND SUPPORT IN FORCING TEXAS LEGISLATURES, ETC.  TO PASS LAWS THAT PROTECT TRANSGENDER PRISONERS AND TO PROVIDE US CARE THAT MEETS PRUDENT PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS OF CARE – THE WORLD PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR TRANSGENDER HELATH!
I’M ASKING YOU TO SPEND A FEW HOURS OF YOUR TIME TO FILE COMPLAINTS WITH THE UNITED STATES JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, AND LOUDLY DENOUNCE THIS ABUSE!
WHY DO WE HAVE TO SUFFER?  WHY DOES A TRANSGENDER INMATE HAVE TO ABUSE OURSELFS, CASTERATE OURSELFS, OR WORSE, COMMIT SUICIDE?
IT HAPPENS MORE THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE, AND IT’S NOT GOING TO STOP UNTIL SOCIETY PUTS A STOP TO IT BECAUSE I CAN PROMISE YOU TDCJ OFFICIALS DON’T CARE!  FEDERAL COURTS DON’T CARE BECAUSE THERE IS NO LAW THAT PROTECTS US!
I’M TIRED OF SUFFERING!  I’M TIRED OF BEING TOLD:  YOU CAN NOT BE TREATED BECAUSE TDCJ DON’T PROVIDE TRANSGENDER WITH HEALTH CARE!
WHY DO I HAVE TO SUFFER?  EVERY DAY I SUFFER!  AT TIMES IT MAKES ME CRY AND FEEL HOPELESS!  DEALING WITH DYSPHORIA IS LIKE DEALING WITH SEVERE DEPRESSION!  HAVE YOU EVER FELT TRUE DEPRESSION OR HOPELESS THAT CHOKES YOU UP AND MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE YOU WANT TO BLOW YOUR HEAD OFF?  IF YOU HAVE, YOU CAN FEEL MY PAIN AND UNDERSTAND MY FRUSTRATION!
I WILL EXTREMELY APPRECIATE YOUR HELP!

THANKS IN ADVANCE,
VANESSA

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