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National Center for Lesbian Rights

Cases & Advocacy

Hood v. DCF Amicus

Status: Closed

Outcome: Resolved

Location: Florida

NCLR filed a friend of the court brief on behalf of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) in this case involving the Florida Department of Children and Families’ (DCF) blanket policies of denying transition-related care to civil detainees.

Erika Hood, a transgender woman civilly committed by DCF, was denied counseling and hormones to treat her gender dysphoria and was also prohibited from expressing her gender identity. NCLR’s brief to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of WPATH explained the medical community’s consensus that transition-related care is necessary to treat gender dysphoria and described how DCF’s policies fall far below the standard of care. The 11th Circuit remanded the case to allow Ms. Hood to amend her complaint, which she then did.

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