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California sets path for inmates to get sex-reassignment surgery

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – Guidelines to decide whether transgender prison inmates in California can undergo sex reassignment surgery took effect Tuesday, making it the first U.S. state to offer a regular path to such treatment. California last summer agreed to regularly provide and pay for treatments including hormones as well as surgery to alter the biological sex of its prisoners. “California has set a model for the rest of the country and ensured transgender people in prison can access life-saving care when they need it,” said Kris Hayashi, executive director of Transgender Law Center, which represents two inmates who sued the state after being denied the surgery.