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A Victory for the “Movement”

The big news about transpeople is not something which is likely to help us win friends and influence people.  On the other hand, the headlines are of some interest.  Transgender-inmate ruling is movement’s latest win says the AP’s Megahn Barr.  

So I guess we have won recognition as a “movement”.  On the other hand Michelle Kosilek is not going to win us any friends.  Federal Judge Mark Wolf has ordered a state-funded gender reassignment surgery for Kosilek, who during her transition in 1990 murdered her wife, Cheryl McCaul.  He strangled her with wire and left her body in the trunk of a car at a mall in North Attleboro, MA.  Kosilek is currently serving life without parole.

Wolf has ruled that Kosilek has suffered from gender identity disorder (newly rechristened “gender dysphoria”) since she was a young child, was “born in the wrong body” (Goddess, I hate that phrase), began taking hormones while in prison and requested treatment for her disorder.  Such treatment was denied.  As a result Kosilek twice has tried to commit suicide and also has attempted self-castration.  For 12 years her attorneys have been arguing that the Constitution states that she has the right to treatment for her condition.