Via the Associated Press (link here):
A British court issued a landmark ruling Friday, allowing a transsexual prisoner serving life for manslaughter and attempted rape to be transferred to a women’s prison.
High Court Deputy Judge David Elvin said the refusal of Justice Secretary Jack Straw and the prison authorities to transfer the 27-year-old was a violation of her human rights.
The prisoner, who began gender reassignment treatment years ago […] was not named to protect her identity.
Keeping her in a male prison “effectively bars her ability to qualify for surgery, which interferes with her personal autonomy in a manner which goes beyond that which imprisonment is intended to do,” Elvin said.
[…] she began the process of gender reassignment while in prison. In 2006, she obtained a legal acknowledgment that she should be recognized as a woman.
The prisoner […] was originally sentenced to five years for manslaughter in 2001 after strangling his (sic) boyfriend to death.
Days after his (sic) release, he (sic) tried to rape a female shopkeeper and was sentenced to life.
The judge said the prisoner had been diagnosed with gender dysphoria and had been aware of her condition from an early age.
[…] she has been prevented from wearing skirts and other items in the male prison.
A cis woman lifestyle journalist subsequently posted the following attempt at a satirical comment on her page at a social networking site:
[…] has long realised she is a duck trapped in a human body. She demands to be taken to the local duck pond to live amongst her fellow creatures despite the fact that she attacked and killed several of them once when not of sound mind. Never mind that – she demands her rights!!!!
Follow-up comments posted by the cis woman lifestyle journalist included:
- Problem is I don’t actually LOOK LIKE a duck…I am having a featherectomy later today and duck egg implants. Oh, and I have to go to the speech clinic to learn to quack. I identify as an SM watersports affectionado bisexual duck.
- […] I am having a featherplasty and a wingplasty, alongside my beard being removed
- I am however having a full spinectomy
- And a waddleplasty
And so on.