Attorneys Spar Over Swift Sex Change for California Inmate

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SACRAMENTO (AP)-

Attorneys for a transgender prison inmate say she could have sex reassignment surgery as early as next month if California correctional officials quickly approve the procedure.

Corrections officials say they are working to schedule the surgery but need more time.

U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar last month ordered the state to pay for the operation.

Michelle-Lael Norsworthy’s lawyers said in a court filing Wednesday that a qualified surgeon is available as early as June 5. Surgeons also are available in July and August to operate on the 51-year-old, whose birth name is Jeffrey Bryan Norsworthy.

The state has asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for a stay as it appeals the San Francisco-based judge’s order.

Norsworthy could be the first inmate to receive such surgery in California.