Once, Twice, Two Times a Man

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January 15, 2006

Living in Montreal I have seen enough drag queens, transvestites and transsexuals to recognize that even from a naif perspective, the motivation for each way of living is quite different. Some seem to be expressing something from the inside out while others seek to change their experience from the outside in. Deciding to alter medically one's body to conform to one's internal image of oneself is not a decision taken lightly.

Big decisions can lead to second thoughts, as backed up by a story from AFP (Agence France-Presse) (1/12/06) about a UK prison inmate who after having his gender reassigned and being transferred to a women's prison has decided to go back to being a man.

After 7 years of hormone treatments, with the aide of legal council, John Pilley was given permission in 1999 to have a sex change. Two years later the operation was successfully completed. Renamed Jane Anne Pilley, the inmate was moved to Holloway women's prison in London.

The 54-year-old who is serving a life sentence for kidnapping and attempted murder wants to go back to being male, according to The Times newspaper.

"Although it is not unheard of, it is very rare indeed for people to have regrets and want to change back," commented Christine Burns of Press for Change, a pressure group for transsexual rights.

Before the first sex change, the prisoner was allowed to wear women's clothing at night, but during the day had to still dress as a man. According to Wikipedia, candidates for gender reassignment need to complete at least one year of full-time living as the opposite sex in order to be considered psychologically prepared for their new life.

The National Health Service performed the first operation and it will do the next one, as well. After his re-reassignment procedure, he'll be transferred back to a men's prison again.

I guess it's true what they say and it's a lady's prerogative to change her mind. Apparently, it's not every man's dream to live in a women's prison either.

Posted by Will Peters at January 15, 2006 1:08 AM

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