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Va. inmate sues after gruesome tries at sex change
Associated Press ^ | June 7, 2011 | Dena Potter

Posted on 06/07/2011 5:20:35 AM PDT by Zakeet

Crouched in her cell, Ophelia De'lonta hoped three green disposable razors from the prison commissary would give her what the Virginia Department of Corrections will not — a sex change.

It had been several years since she had felt the urges, but she had been fighting them for weeks. But like numerous other times, she failed to get rid of what she calls "that thing" between her legs, the last evidence she was born a male.

Months after the October castration attempt, De'lonta filed a federal lawsuit Friday claiming the state has failed its duty to provide adequate medical care because it won't give her the operation. She says the surgery is needed to treat her gender identity disorder, a mental illness in which people believe they were born the wrong gender.

If she wins, De'lonta would be the nation's first inmate to receive a state-funded sex change operation. Similar lawsuits have failed in a handful of other states, and lawmakers in some states are trying to ban the use of taxpayer money for the operations.

If she loses, she says she will continue to try self-surgery — acknowledging another attempt could kill her.

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Years ago she legally changed her name. Ophelia was chosen for the Shakespearean woman who died for love; De'lonta because it was the last name of a slain friend; middle name Azriel for the angel who helps one cross over.

De'lonta first tried to cut herself when she was 12. By 17, she was robbing banks with the hopes of getting enough money to have a sex change operation. By 18, she was in prison, sentenced to more than 70 years for robbery, drugs, weapons and other charges.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: absolutemorals; homosexualagenda; moralabsolutes; prison; sexchange; transgender

1 posted on 06/07/2011 5:20:37 AM PDT by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

The reporter referring to this bank robber as “she” is like a reporter referring to a schizophrenic with multiple personalities as “they”. The pronoun reinforces the mental illness. I may be going out on a limb here, but I prefer the idea of bringing a sick person closer to reality instead of reinforcing any and all delusions.


2 posted on 06/07/2011 5:24:16 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Zakeet

Prison sentences should be at hard labor actually producing something useful.

Sitting around doing nothing useful except becoming a fatso is as ridiculous as this story.


3 posted on 06/07/2011 5:24:35 AM PDT by IbJensen (Welfare: putting a cake under the sink expecting that it wont attract cockroaches.)
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To: Zakeet

Poor Ophelia.


4 posted on 06/07/2011 5:29:11 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: Zakeet
Okay. This isn't difficult:

This is a mental illness. These people believe that through cutting with sharp instruments, they can achieve emotional happiness and stability. It is a lie. They need help, but that help does not involve scalpels.

Anyone who calls this man a "she", anyone who supports "transgendered" policies, anyone who pretends that this is a viable view of the Self, is engaging in cruel and unusual punishment. The whole transgendered myth is the second greatest evil (right behind abortion) in this country today.

5 posted on 06/07/2011 5:31:19 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The USSR spent itself into bankruptcy and collapsed -- and aren't we on the same path now?)
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To: Zakeet

This person is MENTALLY UNSTABLE as I believe all trans-genders are.


6 posted on 06/07/2011 5:34:24 AM PDT by sigzero
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To: ClearCase_guy

“They need help, but that help does not involve scalpels.”

Agreed. I feel very bad for such people, however robbing banks is still NOT OK.

Somewhere along the line we decided nobody is crazy. That was an inaccurate conclusion.


7 posted on 06/07/2011 5:35:16 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: Zakeet
"that thing" between her [ITs] legs,
8 posted on 06/07/2011 5:36:25 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: jocon307
Somewhere along the line we decided nobody is crazy.

As long as it contributes to the continual destruction of American culture, it's just fine to the left.

9 posted on 06/07/2011 5:40:17 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Zakeet
Sigh. I guess I'm old fashioned, but I can't even see private health insurance paying for a voluntary surgery like a sex change, let alone the state paying for a sex change for a convicted felon.

Let me be even more reactionary: if someone in prison wants to mutilate himself like this fellow is supposed to have done, just let him do it and live with the consequences. Saves the taxpayers the further cost of housing and feeding the scumbag.

10 posted on 06/07/2011 5:41:44 AM PDT by CatoRenasci (Ceterum Censeo Persae Esse Delendam -- Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit)
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To: Pollster1
The pronoun reinforces the mental illness. I may be going out on a limb here, but I prefer the idea of bringing a sick person closer to reality instead of reinforcing any and all delusions.

Me, too. Unfortunately, while treating a person for mental illness is the right thing to do, it requires a lot of work over the course of a long period of time, success may be long in coming, and the fees for service may not be all that high for the amount of time invested. OTOH, mutilating a person can be done in a relatively short period of time and results in a huge payoff for the amount of time invested. Plus, if the person decides to have the genital mutilation surgically repaired (as I read that a percentage of people suffering from "transgenderism" end up doing), there is another huge payoff.

In the case of many types of mental illness, I am not sure how much of the illness is a result of odd ideas that the person somehow picked up along the way, or of actual brain disorders. In the former case, therapy should be of great benefit.

11 posted on 06/07/2011 5:42:17 AM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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This story highlights the mental illness present in the LGBT crowd.

12 posted on 06/07/2011 5:43:40 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: Zakeet

What I see going on here is that this guy has some serious issues. But instead of facing the issues directly, he blames all his problems on being a guy (a form of displacement). A good therapist could help him come to the realization that mutilation is not going to solve his problems—facing down the problems and coming up with constructive solutions is actually the approach he needs to adopt.


13 posted on 06/07/2011 5:45:14 AM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: Zakeet
....De'lonta hoped three green disposable razors from the prison commissary would give....

Save everyone the sob story and start your transformation at the wrists.
14 posted on 06/07/2011 5:45:55 AM PDT by domeika
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To: exDemMom
Unfortunately, while treating a person for mental illness is the right thing to do, it requires a lot of work over the course of a long period of time, success may be long in coming, and the fees for service may not be all that high for the amount of time invested. OTOH, mutilating a person can be done in a relatively short period of time and results in a huge payoff for the amount of time invested.

Giving them the surgery doesn't mean they won't still need the therapy.

15 posted on 06/07/2011 5:51:04 AM PDT by nina0113
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To: Zakeet
There are some things one cannot change. One can change ones dress, diet, nose, religion, etc. But one cannot change ones sex, race, age. One can only pretend to change them. But that does not make it so.
16 posted on 06/07/2011 5:54:13 AM PDT by Jane Austen (Boycott the Philadelphia Eagles!)
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To: DJ MacWoW
Crouched in her cell, Ophelia De'lonta hoped three green disposable razors from the prison commissary would give her what the Virginia Department of Corrections will not — a sex change.

It had been several years since she had felt the urges, but she had been fighting them for weeks. But like numerous other times, she failed to get rid of what she calls "that thing" between her legs, the last evidence she was born a male.

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I sometimes wonder who is more insane, the writers of this kind of nuttiness or the person about whom they are writing.

17 posted on 06/07/2011 5:55:23 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

They both need a mental health practitioner.


18 posted on 06/07/2011 5:57:29 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: nina0113
Giving them the surgery doesn't mean they won't still need the therapy.

Of course not. They may blame their problems on their gender, but getting mutilated doesn't equip them to deal with their problems. Only therapy can do that.

19 posted on 06/07/2011 5:58:17 AM PDT by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: Zakeet

One bullet.
One less problem.


20 posted on 06/07/2011 6:01:24 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: Zakeet
Crouched in her his cell, Ophelia De'lonta hoped three green disposable razors from the prison commissary would give her him what the Virginia Department of Corrections will not — a sex change.

It had been several years since she he had felt the urges, but she he had been fighting them for weeks. But like numerous other times, she he failed to get rid of what she hecalls "that thing" between her his legs, the last evidence she he was born a male.

Sorry, but I can't stand these ridiculous attempts to give validity to this sick creature's fantasies. Every single solitary cell in HIS body is a MALE cell no matter what HE cuts off or mutilates.

21 posted on 06/07/2011 6:05:24 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: ClearCase_guy
This is a mental illness

Yes it is. Of course, we're mean and trampling on trans-gender 'rights' for just saying so.


22 posted on 06/07/2011 6:17:28 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (A communist is just a liberal in a hurry)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Agreed.


23 posted on 06/07/2011 6:19:29 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Zakeet

Another (two in two days) situation showing the need to return to the use of penal colonies for offender discipline. Drop this man in a remote location where he must rely upon himself and God's grace to survive. If he chooses to remove his penis instead of surviving, well that's his decision. But somehow I think his priorities will change when he has to fend for himself for food and shelter.


24 posted on 06/07/2011 6:21:23 AM PDT by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: Zakeet

I have an old rusty pocket knife lying around here somewhere that I don’t need. I would be glad to send it to him./s/

Seriously though, Here we have a bank robber, drug user ,dangerous felon, who wants to cut off his penis.

They used to have mental institutions for dangerous crazed a-holes like this.


25 posted on 06/07/2011 6:28:43 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer
“They used to have mental institutions for dangerous crazed a-holes like this.”

A good point. Now we have diversity days to celebrate them

26 posted on 06/07/2011 6:30:40 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (2008 was about words; 2012 will be about numbers)
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To: Zakeet
"By 17, she was robbing banks with the hopes of getting enough money to have a sex change operation."

Dog Day Afternoon redux.

27 posted on 06/07/2011 6:38:43 AM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: ClearCase_guy

Anyone who calls this man a “she”, should pay for its operation


28 posted on 06/07/2011 7:09:54 AM PDT by californian by choice
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To: ClearCase_guy

Anyone who calls this man a “she”, should pay for its surgery


29 posted on 06/07/2011 7:31:41 AM PDT by californian by choice
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To: exDemMom
In the case of many types of mental illness, I am not sure how much of the illness is a result of odd ideas that the person somehow picked up along the way, or of actual brain disorders. In the former case, therapy should be of great benefit.

That's a big question, and it's not politically correct even to look into the answers. If the problem is "odd ideas", then therapy should help a man with those ideas to accept the fact that his anatomy includes male parts. If the problem is brain chemistry, then I would expect the right medications to help. If the problem is a physical disorder, then it's harder to treat, but there may be either a form of therapy or a chemical that can help the person to adjust to the disability.

We have, for some bizarre reason, decided to treat the problem as the body not matching the brain, not as a physical/chemical/emotional problem in the brain, and sadly we're not even considering how to treat the real problem. I'm curious what the real answer is, but we'll have to wait until the hateful left moves on to "help" another group before we even look into how to help these people.

30 posted on 06/07/2011 7:47:29 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Pollster1

That “thing” is the last evidence? So, removal of the Prostrate with a disposable razor was successful?


31 posted on 06/07/2011 7:57:22 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: massgopguy

Robbing banks for a sex change? Someone saw Dog Day Afternoon too many times.


32 posted on 06/07/2011 7:58:53 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

Today they don’t think a man who wants to cut off his dick is insane.

Now it is touchy-feely he really wants to be a woman.

Its. BullS-— is what it is. This criminal is crazy as a loon.


33 posted on 06/07/2011 9:06:07 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Zakeet

SO what is it with convicted criminals suddenly wanting a sex-change operation? You were busted, some things about life aren’t supposed to be that great. I would be willing to bet plenty of regular men would be disappointed that they couldn’t regularly get some woman every now and then either. What does this person want? Reduced punishment? A chance at a woman for a cellmate? Either way, this whole feeling that we somehow need to oblige to fill some person’s request for a procedure and lasting hormone therapies which I doubt are both cheap, is rediculous.


34 posted on 06/07/2011 12:35:53 PM PDT by Morpheus2009
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To: Zakeet

Robbing banks? Sounds like “Dog Day Afternoon”.


35 posted on 06/08/2011 2:59:00 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Fear can hold you prisoner.Hope can set you free.(Shawshank Redemption))
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