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Transgender woman held in Toronto-area men's prison
Toronto Sun ^ | Feb. 11, 2014 | Shawn Jeffords

Posted on 02/11/2014 6:20:10 PM PST by rickmichaels

TORONTO - Authorities are holding a British comedian and transgender woman who lived in Toronto for a time in a men’s prison in Milton.

Avery Edison, who has legally been a woman since 2009, was detained Monday at Pearson International Airport when she tried to enter the country to see her girlfriend, Romy Sugden, of Toronto.

After holding her for nearly 12 hours, Canada Border Services officers transferred Edison to Maplehurst Correctional Facility for men, Sugden said.

“Speaking with the officials at the prison was a very upsetting and fruitless experience,” she said. “They refused to refer to Avery as anything but ‘he’ or ‘him.’ They told me because ‘his’ genitals were male, ‘he’ would be in a men’s prison. That was Ontario law.”

Sugden said Edison overstayed her student visa on her last visit. She decided to go back to the U.K., where she lives, in September but wanted to return Monday for a visit.

“When she came back here, she knew it was possible she’d be deemed inadmissible,” Sugden said, not imagining Edison would end up in a men’s jail.

Sugden said a prison manager told her Edison is being kept out of the jail’s general population.

“I’m sure you can understand what would happen to her,” she said. “I think they recognize they don’t want to have a killed or badly beaten transgender woman on their hands. They have enough PR savvy for that at least.”

Calls to Canada Border Services Agency and Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney requesting comment were not returned by press time.

Greg Flood, spokesman for Ontario’s Ministry of Correctional Services, said he could not speak directly about Edison’s case, citing privacy concerns.

“The ministry is currently reviewing the situation and having discussions with the Canadian Border Services Agency regarding the status of the individual,” he said in an e-mail statement to the Toronto Sun.

Sugden visited Edison at the Milton jail Tuesday afternoon and described the short visit as “very emotional.”

“She’s holding up well — she’s a strong person,” Sugden said. “She’s in good spirits considering the circumstances.”

She said she has retained a lawyer to help get Edison transferred to a woman’s facility.

“We’re not asking for immigration laws to be bent or broken. We’re not asking for a visa ... Right now, we just want a woman out of a men’s prison.”

NDP MP Randall Garrison has called on Canada’s Conservative government to ensure Edison is transferred immediately to a women’s correctional facility.

A rally is planned at Queen’s Park Saturday at 2 p.m. to demand that the government free Edison.

“It’s not just her,” Sugden said. “I imagine a lot of trans people have similar experiences. Canada is just better than that.”

Avery Edison


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: homosexualagenda; inmates

1 posted on 02/11/2014 6:20:10 PM PST by rickmichaels
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2 posted on 02/11/2014 6:22:54 PM PST by SamAdams76
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“Transgender woman” means “man,” right?


3 posted on 02/11/2014 6:24:23 PM PST by Tax-chick (The platypus is a metaphor for anything that's keeping you down.)
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To: rickmichaels

Jail’m according to DNA.


4 posted on 02/11/2014 6:24:37 PM PST by doc1019
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5 posted on 02/11/2014 6:25:28 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: rickmichaels
Avery Edison, who has legally been a woman since 2009, was detained Monday at Pearson International Airport when she tried to enter the country to see her girlfriend, Romy Sugden, of Toronto.

Lesbian trapped in a male body?
6 posted on 02/11/2014 6:26:06 PM PST by posterchild
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I bet.


7 posted on 02/11/2014 6:26:42 PM PST by Tax-chick (The platypus is a metaphor for anything that's keeping you down.)
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Does that mean he/she can- never mind it’s just to easy.


8 posted on 02/11/2014 6:27:04 PM PST by chiefqc
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To: rickmichaels
“I’m sure you can understand what would happen to her,” she said. “I think they recognize they don’t want to have a killed or badly beaten transgender woman on their hands. They have enough PR savvy for that at least.”

Thing of the PR nightmares if a man with his birth genitalia intact and operational was locked up behind bars in a women's prison and he raped/impregnated one of the women.

Hysteria can be spun both ways.

9 posted on 02/11/2014 6:29:34 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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10 posted on 02/11/2014 6:31:44 PM PST by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise. E)
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 photo avery.jpg
11 posted on 02/11/2014 6:37:00 PM PST by digger48
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Guilty, no parole.


12 posted on 02/11/2014 6:41:00 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: SamAdams76

The pic of Cardin McKinney is for eyewash?


13 posted on 02/11/2014 6:41:15 PM PST by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: rickmichaels
“Speaking with the officials at the prison was a very upsetting and fruitless experience,” she said. “They refused to refer to Avery as anything but ‘he’ or ‘him.’ They told me because ‘his’ genitals were male, ‘he’ would be in a men’s prison. That was Ontario law.”

Imagine that. You were born with and retain male genitals and people insist on referring to you as a dude regardless of whatever warped little fantasy you have in your head.

14 posted on 02/11/2014 6:49:08 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: digger48

Put it in the kennel with the dogs they’re checking to see if they have rabies.


15 posted on 02/11/2014 6:58:35 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: digger48

Actually, it’s neither.


16 posted on 02/11/2014 6:59:44 PM PST by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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Transgender "woman" (who still has its male parts) held in Toronto-area men's prison after trying to enter the country to see her(?) girlfriend.

Is it Bieber?


17 posted on 02/11/2014 7:03:30 PM PST by massmike (If I like my tagline,I can keep it! Obama said so..........)
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Pajama Boy’s Double!


18 posted on 02/11/2014 7:14:55 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ("When you meet the unbelievers, strike at their necks..." -- Qur'an 47:4)
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“I’m sure you can understand what would happen to her,” she said.

HE is not a HER. You are ill and need to seek mental health care..


19 posted on 02/11/2014 7:15:51 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2014 and the Crusades 2014?)
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” Avery Edison, who has legally been a woman since 2009, was detained Monday at Pearson International Airport when she tried to enter the country to see her girlfriend, Romy Sugden, of Toronto. “

The fact that this concerns a transgendering individual is nothing compared to the fact that Canada is actually enforcing it’s immigration laws....

Can’t we be more like Canada concerning immigration please? Like all the Liberals say we should be more like Canada????


20 posted on 02/11/2014 7:23:32 PM PST by GraceG
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I hate when the media refers to these creatures by their desired gender as opposed to their true gender. Does it have a Y chromosome? It does? It’s a freaking male! Knock it off with the stupid sh*t, and put the dope in the men’s prison, desire to be woman doesn’t change anatomy.!!


21 posted on 02/11/2014 7:32:35 PM PST by cardinal4
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Apparently his anatomy still says so too. His chromosones will always say that.


22 posted on 02/11/2014 7:35:03 PM PST by pfflier
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“Sugden said a prison manager told her Edison is being kept out of the jail’s general population.”

Probably the smart move here. Edison is a biological male, no matter what he claims to be inside. At the same time, he’s going to be chum in the water if they throw in gen pop. Keep the guy in protective custody or whatever until they clear this mess up. If all Edison is guilty of is overstaying a visa, then it shouldn’t take long to clear the matter up.


23 posted on 02/11/2014 7:46:31 PM PST by DemforBush (A Repo Man is *always* intense.)
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As a person who has to put up with wondering if the women’s bathroom is going to be a ‘safe place for transgendered persons’ because I’m on a college campus, I can’t see putting ‘her’ in a woman’s prison.

I understand why she might feel she belongs there, with hormone therapy and living as a female, and all, but she has male genitalia. You wanna go transgender, get all the work done or stay out of my bathroom.


24 posted on 02/11/2014 11:31:28 PM PST by radiohead
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To: rickmichaels

Affirmatively participating in another person’s delusion will not cure their mental illness.


25 posted on 02/12/2014 1:00:37 AM PST by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux)
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Robert Kosilek aka Michelle in Massachusetts, being held in a men's prison, will have a sex change operation funded by taxpayers, after a (panel of) judges' ruling. He killed his wife.

Wiki: "Kosilek is incarcerated in Norfolk, Massachusetts, at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Norfolk, a medium security male prison. Kosilek has been diagnosed with gender identity disorder and identifies as female...On October 20, 2006, Kosilek married a woman named Jessica, she is transgender and imprisoned in a different state. The marriage is unofficial and involved the women coordinating to say their vows at the same time." I believe after the surgery he/she/it will be moved to a women's prison.

26 posted on 02/12/2014 5:27:53 AM PST by raccoonradio
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Prisons should be based on genetic tests alone, and not personal preference.


27 posted on 02/12/2014 6:26:42 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed ("Income Inequality?" Let's start with Washington DC vs. the rest of the nation!)
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They told me because ‘his’ genitals were male, ‘he’ would be in a men’s prison.

I self-identify as a male lesbian. I demand to be placed in a women's prison! < /sarc >

28 posted on 02/12/2014 7:27:36 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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