Transgender Con Upset Over Fading Femininity

Killer suing for surgery wants more treatment

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 27, 2008 3:21 AM CST

(Newser) – A prisoner who has sued for a sex-change operation has complained that treatments to feminize her body have stopped, the AP reports. “My breasts have shrunk, genitals have regained previous size, facial hair is thicker,” Michelle Kosilek, formerly Robert, wrote in a letter to the court considering the request for sex-reassignment surgery. Kosilek was convicted of the 1990 murder of his wife.

The con sued the Massachusetts Department of Correction in 2000, calling its denial of surgery cruel and unusual punishment. The judge approved treatment for gender-identity disorder but not surgery, which would be the first court-ordered sex-change operation. Kosilek sued again for the operation in 2005 and testified, "I would not want to continue existing like this."

Robert Kosilek is led to a paddy wagon en route to the county jail following his arraignment on drunken driving charges in New Rochelle, N.Y., in this May 24, 1990 file photo. Kosilek, who was convicted in the 1990 murder of  his wife and who is living as a...
Robert Kosilek is led to a paddy wagon en route to the county jail following his arraignment on drunken driving charges in New Rochelle, N.Y., in this May 24, 1990 file photo. Kosilek, who was convicted...   (Associated Press)
Robert Kosilek, now known as Michelle, is seen in this Jan. 15, 1993 file photo, in Bristol County Superior Court in New Bedford, Mass., where Kosilek was on trial for the May 1990 murder of his wife. Kosilek, who was convicted of the murder and who is living as a...
Robert Kosilek, now known as Michelle, is seen in this Jan. 15, 1993 file photo, in Bristol County Superior Court in New Bedford, Mass., where Kosilek was on trial for the May 1990 murder of his wife....   (Associated Press)
Robert Kosilek is shown in a booking photo from May 1990 after arrested on drunk driving charges in New Rochelle, N.Y. Kosilek, who was convicted in the 1990 murder of his wife and who is living as a woman in a Massachusetts prison, won a federal lawsuit to receive...
Robert Kosilek is shown in a booking photo from May 1990 after arrested on drunk driving charges in New Rochelle, N.Y. Kosilek, who was convicted in the 1990 murder of his wife and who is living as a...   (Associated Press)
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