News (USA)

Transgender woman files complaint over breast surgery denial

Alexa Rodriguez
Alexa Rodriguez WJLA

WASHINGTON — A transgender woman has filed a complaint against Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, saying she was denied breast implant surgery because of her gender identity.

WJLA-TV reports that Alexa Rodriguez said she was examined by a doctor there and told she was ready for surgery. But after getting approval for coverage from her insurance company, Rodriguez says a hospital employee told her they were not taking transgender females.

Rodriguez has filed a discrimination complaint with the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights.

The hospital said in a statement Medstar does not discriminate and there is no policy on assisting with gender transition, but the service is currently not offered.

Attorney Brian Markovitz says that policy could be a breach of the D.C. Human Rights Act which protects against discrimination.

© 2015, Associated Press, All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Transgender human rights activist murdered in El Salvador

Previous article

Nick Jonas to replace Iggy Azalea at Pittsburgh LGBT pride concert

Next article