Marius Mason website says he’s is the first FTM federal prisoner to begin hormones treatment which could lead to SRS, and it’s happening right here, in the heart of Texas. That ought to make vehemently transphobic Gov., Lt. gov., and adjutant-general dance with glee. Then again, perhaps not. But why should any transgender person be denied basic healthcare? This is a right of all prisoners after all. But it was a long battle for Mason to reach this point. The DOJ Rules meant to protect transgender people instated in 2012 have been largely ignored.
“He does want the full gender re-assignment,” Meltzer-Cohen told The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Friday. “He will have to be on hormones for at least a year and then be re-assessed before doing top surgery and re-assessed again before doing bottom surgery.
Marius Mason is an anarchist, environmental and animal rights activist currently serving nearly 22 years in federal prison for acts of property damage carried out in defense of the planet. After being threatened with a life sentence in 2009 for these acts of sabotage, he pled guilty to arson charges at a Michigan State University lab researching genetically modified organisms for Monsanto, and admitted to 12 other acts of property damage. No one was physically harmed in these actions. At sentencing the judge applied a so-called “terrorism enhancement,” adding almost two years to an already extreme sentence requested by the prosecution. This is the harshest punishment of anyone convicted of environmental sabotage to date.
In 2013 it was easy to dismiss those who warned that Monsanto GMO’s were responsible for bee hive failures. But that is regarded as fact now. Monsanto along with Bayer have killed nearly all of our bees. Without bees, life as we know it ends. Is there any wonder who was behind the extraordinarily long sentence that Mason received?
One survivor noted “I feel like a lot of transgender people are not aware of the unique struggles incarcerated transgender people face every day. How do we reach out to these people?”
“Support Marius Mason” website published this press release:
For immediate release
Federal Prison Approves Treatment for Transgender Prisoner Marius Mason
Long-Awaited Decision Clears the Way for Hormone Therapy
Fort Worth, Texas—In a long-awaited decision by administrators at FMC Carswell, a federal correctional institution, Marius Mason has been approved to begin hormone treatment for medical gender transition. Mason, who was assigned female at birth, is an environmental activist, sentenced in 2009 to 22 years in federal prison for the 1999 sabotage of a Monsanto laboratory on the Michigan State University campus. Marius was diagnosed with Gender Identity Dysphoria (GID) around 2013, and came out as trans to friends, family and supporters in 2014. Since then he has been seeking gender-affirming health care, including hormone treatment, or “T” that will cause him to develop male secondary sex characteristics. It is believed that he will be the first trans masculine person to obtain transition-related health care after coming into federal custody.
Although he uses masculine pronouns and the name Marius, the states of Texas and Michigan, where he could be said legally to reside, forbid name changes for incarcerated people. Experts in the treatment of trans people, however, insist that respect for a patient’s identity, including a gender-appropriate name and pronouns, constitute medically necessary care. Prisons are required to provide medically necessary care.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has had a policy on the care of individuals with GID since at least 2011, but despite Marius’ 2013 GID diagnosis, it was not until an independent expert review of Marius’ medical records that administrators and staff at FMC Carswell agreed to administer hormone treatment. The facility is now much closer to compliance with federal policy on gender-affirming care, and it is hoped that they will acknowledge the use of gender-affirming names and pronouns as a medical necessity.
Estimates of the number of transgender people in the population at large is difficult to estimate, both because the Census Bureau does not track this demographic, and because continued discrimination deters many people from coming out. As a result of transphobia, transgender people are disproportionately forced out of homes and the workforce, and are as a group over-represented in carceral settings. The decision of FMC Carswell to come into compliance with the Bureau of Prisons directive on GID promises to have positive effects for many other incarcerated trans persons.
For more information about transgender people in prisons, see BlackandPink.org
Please let Marius and other prisoners know you care. Writing letters is one of the most important things you can do: letters are a lifeline for those inside prison walls. As a federal prisoner, he has not been able to effect his name change through legal channels, so it is important for mail to be addressed to “Marie (Marius) Mason” on the envelope. His address is Marie
(Marius) Mason, #04672-061, FMC Carswell, P.O. Box
27137, Ft. Worth, TX. 76127
Source Black and Pink.org