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Transgender Iowa prison nurse files civil rights case

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 A nurse at an Iowa women's prison who was born a woman but identifies as a man has filed a complaint with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission against the state because prison officials refuse to allow him to use the men's bathroom and showers.

Jesse Vroegh also is challenging denial of medical treatment and procedures including chest surgery by his state-provided insurer.

In the complaint filed Thursday with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, Vroegh alleges violations of state law and his constitutional rights.

Vroegh says he asked to begin using the men's restroom and showers last year but was denied and prison officials declined to develop transgender employee policies.

An Iowa Department of Corrections spokesman had no immediate comment.

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