Lemme be clear on something: I fully support the human rights of all incarcerated prisoners. Yes, I believe that like any free man or woman, they too have the right to be treated fairly; and more importantly, they shouldn’t be exposed to, or have to deal with inhumane treatment.
Yes, even as hard as it may be to police, prisoners should be protected from prison rape which is a huge problem in and of itself. We joke about that type of stuff on the outside, but being violated sexually even in prison ain’t cool; and it damn sure ain’t funny. No matter the gender of the victim, it’s a violation.
OK, so now that I got that out of the way. Umm, so like, what the fuck is this bullshit?? No seriously; the fuck is up with this man threatening to cut his dick off in prison?!! OK, so you you’re a woman trapped in a man’s body and you’d like to have a sex change to clear up your gender identity issues.
OK, yeah, I support that. Shit, I’m down with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and all that. But nigga you’re in fuckin’ prison! You don’t threaten to cut ya schlong off yourself because you can’t take the being a man thing anymore; and when they take the razor away, you friggin sue them because they refuse to oblige your request for a sex change? Seriously, a sex change?!!
Excuse me, but err, umm… can I get an order of Negro please with a throat-chop on the side for this brotha? Clearly he has lost his rabbit-ass mind.
DILLWYN, Va. – Crouched in her cell, Ophelia De’lonta hoped three green disposable razors from the prison commissary would give her what the Virginia Department of Corrections will not — a sex change.
It had been several years since she had felt the urges, but she had been fighting them for weeks. But like numerous other times, she failed to get rid of what she calls “that thing” between her legs, the last evidence she was born a male.
Months after the October castration attempt, De’lonta filed a federal lawsuit Friday claiming the state has failed its duty to provide adequate medical care because it won’t give her the operation.
She says the surgery is needed to treat her gender identity disorder, a mental illness in which people believe they were born the wrong gender.
If she wins, De’lonta would be the nation’s first inmate to receive a state-funded sex change operation. Similar lawsuits have failed in a handful of other states, and lawmakers in some states are trying to ban the use of taxpayer money for the operations.
If she loses, she says she will continue to try self-surgery — acknowledging another attempt could kill her.
“That’s a possibility,” the 50-year-old said during a recent prison interview, pausing then smiling contently. “But at the end I would have peace.”See, this is another case of giving a muthafucka too much rope and now he wants to be a fucking cowboy. No seriously; according to the story this cat won a court order in 2004 to have hormone pills administered to him. Well shit, is it that easy in Virginia? Lemme get this right: in Virginia prisons, religious practice be damned, they’ve banned men from having and growing beards – which is unconstitutional. But an inmate can wake up one day and petition the court for hormone pills to make them feel and appear like the opposite sex?
Experts say that De’lonta’s behavior is an unusual — but not surprising — manifestation of her disorder. At least 12 other inmates in Idaho, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, New York, Virginia, Oregon, Kentucky and North Carolina have castrated themselves over the past 14 years, and several others have tried, said psychiatry professor George R. Brown at East Tennessee State University.
“This is not a choice. Transsexuals are born and not made,” said Brown, an expert in gender identity disorder. “If you didn’t have this condition, why would you want to have your genitals removed, if not by a competent surgeon but by your own hand?”
While many with gender identity disorder wish to get rid of their genitals, the majority never act — often because hormones and other treatments help make them feel more comfortable, Brown said.
[…] Treatment is more readily available outside prison, though dozens of other inmates nationwide have won the right to hormones and psychotherapy. Based on counts of inmates with gender identity disorder in a half dozen states and personal correspondence with inmates during his research, Brown estimates that at least 750 of the more than 2 million prisoners nationwide had gender identity disorder in 2007, his latest count.
Inmates in Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Colorado, California and Idaho also have sued to try to get the surgery, making arguments similar to De’lonta’s that denying treatment violates the Eighth Amendment’s protection against cruel and unusual punishment. All but one of those have failed; a decision in the decade-old Massachusetts lawsuit by convicted killer Michelle — born Robert — Kosilek is still pending.
Kosilek says that for her, sex reassignment surgery is a medical necessity, not a frivolous desire to change her appearance.
“Everybody has the right to have their health care needs met, whether they are in prison or out on the streets. People in the prisons who have bad hearts, hips or knees have surgery to repair those things,” Kosilek told The Associated Press in a recent phone interview from a state prison in Norfolk, Mass.
“My medical needs are no less important or more important than the person in the cell next to me.”
Federal courts have said prisons must provide adequate medical care, and that they must protect inmates from themselves. But correctional officials and lawmakers balk at using taxpayer money for sex-change operations that can cost up to $20,000.Sounds kinda ass-backwards to me, but this is America. But hey, in America people are taught to die for freedom. So I suppose there’s nothing wrong with dying in a prison cell from bleeding to death after cutting off your own penis just because the state refuses to take up your request for a sex change.
Forget a hunger strike, son; nothing will get you more attention than threatening to chop your own dick off in prison. Good strategy, but good luck with getting a tax-payer-funded sex change. Nope, no such luxury, pal.
Sorry Ophelia, stick to the Clarence Williams III look-alike thing while on lock down; get that sex change when you’re free man or the woman you identify as. Truth is, if you were free, I’d doubt you’d chop ya choad off on your own, so miss me with that bullshit. Calling it a “disorder” isn’t gonna make it happen.
Hot soup I understand, but a sex change?
QUESTION(S): Should “gender identity disorder” be deemed a medical issue that warrants treatment by sex change for incarcerated individuals? Should they even be allowed hormone pills as treatment?