Transgender Professor Sues Arizona Over Discriminatory Health Plan

University of Arizona

A University of Arizona professor filed a lawsuit against the state of Arizona because the university doesn’t cover transition-related healthcare for its employees.

 Dr. Russell Toomey is transgender, and when he found Arizona’s insurance policy excludes transition-related coverage, he decided to sue over a violation of civil rights, according to his article in the ACLU.

“Arizona provides the same discriminatory health plan to nearly all state employees and their dependents. That means hundreds, if not thousands, of transgender state employees or transgender dependents of state employees cannot receive medically necessary care recommended by their doctors, such as a mastectomy or a hysterectomy,” Toomey wrote.

Toomey said he knows of at least 20 families at the University of Arizona who are currently being harmed by the anti-trans policy.