Transgender Murderer Wants Taxpayer-Funded Sex-Change

November 23, 2009 - 4:31 PM
A convicted murderer who is seeking a taxpayer-funded sex-change operation has asked a judge to order Massachusetts prison officials to provide electrolysis treatments.
Boston (AP) - A convicted murderer who is seeking a taxpayer-funded sex-change operation has asked a judge to order Massachusetts prison officials to provide electrolysis treatments.
 
A lawyer for Michelle Kosilek argued Monday that having facial hair is "intensely personally stressful to her."
 
A lawyer for the Massachusetts Department of Correction says Kosilek has had significant hair removal already through laser treatments and seven earlier electrolysis treatments.
 
U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf says he'll rule on the electrolysis request Wednesday.
 
Born as Robert, Kosilek is serving a life sentence for murdering his wife, Cheryl, in 1990. Now named Michelle, Kosilek has been living as a woman in an all-male prison in Norfolk.
 
Prison officials say the sex change would pose security problems.