- Associated Press - Thursday, November 3, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A Maine prison inmate is suing a health care provider for refusing to assess her as a transgender woman.

Thirty-five-year-old Scott Gagnon is suing Correct Care Solutions, citing years of fighting with the company’s employees to acknowledge her as transgender. Gagnon also goes by Missy.

The federal lawsuit says Gagnon has been diagnosed with gender dysphoria and requested treatments such as higher dosage of hormone therapy and hair removal, only to be denied.

Gagnon’s lawsuit seeks gender reassignment surgery and other treatments. Gagnon also requests that a mental health professional who specializes in gender dysphoria be provided to all individuals who identify as transgender.

Gagnon was convicted of arson after a 2000 fire that destroyed a Bangor lingerie shop.

Correct Care Solutions didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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