When I first heard this story my brain shorted out. All of a sudden I started channeling John McEnroe, not the sort of over the hill doing ads for rental cars John McEnroe but the old one who used to unleash the tirades at bad calls, John McEnroe.
Free sex reassignment surgery for some guy who is in prison in Ontario for raping two women… You can’t be fucking serious?
What the fuck?
I first saw this one over at Questioning Transphobia. I wanted to say, Lisa, Lisa, not every negative reaction to some one who is either transgender or transsexual is transphobia. There are some acts that are just so beyond the pale (rape and murdering women) that they are pretty inexcusable. Even by someone like me who would have commuted Aileen Wournos death sentence to life.
Anyhow I feel somewhat vindicated that a judge in Ontario agreed with me.
TORONTO — Paying for a sex change assessment for a convicted rapist living in a maximum-security psychiatric facility is not the responsibility of the Ministry of the Attorney General, an Ontario judge ruled Friday.
The Ontario Review Board, the agency that oversees individuals found not criminally responsible, does not have the authority to order the ministry to pay $15,000 for Shauna Taylor to be assessed for his candidacy for a sex change, the court found.
Still Taylor, who legally changed his name from Vance Egglestone, will undergo an assessment and the review board will likely pay through funds provided by the Ministry of Health, said Taylor’s lawyer Michael Davies.
“There is a bit of a shell game going on between the different departments of the government,” said Davies.
Egglestone has spent the majority of his adult life in psychiatric hospitals after being found not criminally responsible by reason of insanity for brutally raping a woman in 1976. He pleaded guilty to raping a second woman in 1986 while living as an outpatient in Toronto.
For the last several years, Taylor has been taking hormones, dressing as a woman and has expressed a desire for an orchidectomy (surgical removal of the testes) as a first step toward an Ontario government-funded sex change.
In 2007, lawyers for Attorney General Chris Bentley went to court arguing the review board exceeded its jurisdiction when it ordered Taylor, 53, to be assessed, and directed the attorney general to pay for it.
The case was settled last August when an Ontario Superior court quashed both orders, ruling the board acted outside its authority.
Only weeks later, the review board appointed an expert to offer his opinion on whether surgical intervention or sex reassignment surgery is necessary or advisable for Taylor’s health and welfare.
This time, the attorney general wasn’t contesting the assessment order, only who should pay for it, said Davies.
“The attorney general said the board should pay and the board said the attorney general should pay,” he said, noting up until now the question of who should pay for review board-ordered medical assessments has been “up in the air.”
A spokesman for the attorney general said the issue in the case was “purely jurisdictional” and the court accepted the Crown’s view that the review board did not have the authority to order the ministry to pay.
Experts have described Taylor in reports to the review board as an “identified psychopath” and “pathological liar,” and suggest his motivation for a sex change is not clear-cut.
Forensic psychiatrists and clinicians who submit evidence on behalf of the psychiatric hospital to the review board suggest Taylor’s interest in the procedure is at least in part a strategy to reduce the perceived danger that he represents and to ultimately be transferred to a less secure setting.
Least people think I am being out of line and cruel I remember seeing another film of someone named Richard Speck who murdered 8 student nurses. In the 90s a film was circulating of him with his hormone titties hanging out doing dope in prison and cavorting with his fuck buddies. I’m not going to point you to it. It’s on You Tube.
And hormones or no hormones, this prick, Vance Egglestone AKA Shauna Taylor is a rapist and should spend the rest of his life in men’s prison.
I don’t give a damned what hormones he takes or what surgery he has he will always be a man and a rapist.
I am furious at the attempt to link being a rapist with transsexualism. He is nothing but a mentally ill sociopath.
As a radical Feminist I put women first and women in prison have enough to put up with without having a rapist who had SRS to be put where he can harm women to put up with.
May he rot in prison. He is not my sister.