Skip to comments.[Update] Jailed transgender woman being sent back to U.K.
Posted on 02/12/2014 5:07:59 PM PST by rickmichaels
TORONTO - A British comedian and transgender woman who was detained in a mens prison in Milton for an immigration infraction will be allowed to go back to the United Kingdom Thursday.
Avery Edison will be held at Vanier Centre for Women in Milton until she can board a 10 p.m. flight, her girlfriend Romy Sugden said Wednesday.
The ruling, made at an immigration hearing Wednesday afternoon, set the stage for the end of a trip that generated controversy when Edison who has legally been a woman since 2009 was initially detained in a mens jail.
I am relieved, Im thrilled, Sugden told the Toronto Sun. It would have been fantastic if she could have proceeded with the trip as planned, but I did not think that would actually be able to happen. In terms of what I thought was a possibility, this is the best outcome.
Edison was detained by Canada Border Service Agency officers Monday night as she tried to enter the country. She had lived in Toronto for a time with Sugden but overstayed her visa before returning home to the U.K. in September.
Edison was placed in Maplehurst Correctional Facility for men Monday night. Sugden said jail officials told her they decided to detain Edison at Maplehurst because their prisoner was pre-operative and had male genitals. Edison was held in solitary confinement away from other inmates because of safety concerns.
Sugden had feared immigration officials would impose a ban on Edison which would prevent her form entering the country again but that didnt happen. Edison will face no travel restrictions to Canada in the future, she said.
Obviously, coming back might be a little more complicated than buying a plane ticket but she is not barred from Canada.
Canada Border Services spokesman Anna Pape said in a statement that officers use criteria and indicators that do not discriminate on grounds protected by the Canadian Human Rights Act. But they have no say over how correctional officials choose to jail someone, she said.
Ontario Ministry of Correctional Services spokesman Andrew Morrison could not say why Edison was jailed in a mens prison.
I appreciate no pictures.
I’m tired of the endless barrage of the queers and the freakshow lgbt crowd.
He is NOT a “transgender woman.” He is a man pretending to be a woman.
It isn’t a woman. Just once I want to see a media outlet report the facts.
It is not a woman. It is a male.