Gender choice rights spark new dilemmas

Gender choice rights spark new dilemmas, by Tim Shipman.

Moves to give transgender people the right to choose their own identity have led to a glut of court cases and controversy around the world over access to single-sex ­facilities and sports events.

In Britain, the issue has been most problematic in prisons. A double rapist jailed for life in 1995 for attacking two girls, who had a £10,000 sex change funded by the National Health Service and changed his name to Jessica Winfield­, was moved to a women’s prison in March.

Meanwhile, Paris Green, a pre-op transgender killer who was born male, was twice moved from women’s prison wings and returned­ to male facilities after having sex with female inmates. …

“Intersex” athletes with both sex organs and high levels of testos­terone will be able to compete­ in women’s races at the World Athletics Championships in London next month. …

There are also concerns about men who are not transgender abusing the rules permitting those who are to access female facilities. In 2014, Canadian Christopher Hambrook, a man claiming to be transgender, was jailed for sexual assault after calling himself Jessica to gain access to and prey on women at two Toronto shelters.

hat-tip Stephen Neil