Jessica Hicklin is a transgender inmate at Missouri's Potosi Correctional Center. She was sentenced to life without parole in 1995 after shooting a man in a drug-related incident. But she wasn't diagnosed with gender dysphoria. As a result, because of the "freeze-frame" policy, the Missouri Department of Corrections denied her access to hormone therapy, hair removal, and women's commissary items to allow her to live her femininity in prison. That's so cruel...
Jessica has been diagnosed with severe anxiety and depression caused by being forced to live as a man.
She decided to file a complaint in court and she was right! Judge Noelle C. Collins has ruled in her favor. She said Jessica would suffer "irreparable harm" if she were to continue to live without hormone treatment, hair removal, and women's commissary items.
"Ms. Hicklin has established that she suffers from and will continue to suffer from severe emotional distress as well as a substantial risk of self-harm and that she has been deprived of her constitutional rights," Collins wrote.
"It's like you’re out in the middle of the ocean, your boat capsized, and you’re just hoping that you’ll see a boat on the horizon and that you’re not going to drown, but how do you keep treading water?" Jessica explained.
"It's like this lawsuit was a flare," she added. "That’s really how I’ve felt like we filed this lawsuit and it's in the courts, there's no indication of whether anybody saw it and I’m just drowning, and wondering why I'm still treading water. So obviously the feeling is, the boat showed up. There is life now."