Michelle Lynne Kosilek, a 68-year-old man that identifies as a woman, recently filed suit against the Massachusetts Correction Commissioner to receive taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery and transfer to the MCI-Framingham women’s prison.
Previously known as Robert Kosilek, he was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of his wife.
This latest lawsuit by Kosilek arrives at a perfect time in the court of public opinion as well, because on election day Massachusetts voters will decide whether to repeal an update to the state’s non-discrimination law. The update barred discrimination against transgender people in public accommodations such as bathrooms.
Kosilek is the poster-child for why the state’s residents should in fact vote to overturn the law and protect women.
Michelle Kosilek Files Lawsuit In Bid For Sex Change Surgery, Transfer
Shawn Thomas Hallett, 38, of Texas was arrested for voyeurism in South Carolina after using his cellphone to create a video recording of a female occupying the adjacent stall in the women’s bathroom. The incident occurred in a QuickTrip convenience store. Hallet was dressed in female clothing and a wig.
Despite numerous men having been caught committing nefarious acts in female bathrooms and locker rooms, a 2017 CNN article coauthored by transgender woman Dani Stewart claimed: “Anti-discrimination protections covering gender identity have been around for years, and there is no evidence they lead to attacks in public facilities.”
Police: Man wearing wig, womens’ clothes caught filming video of victim in ladies restroom
The female gender identity of 19-year-old Kadin E. Moore caused a stir among confused crime news readers after some of Portland, Oregon’s media outlets identified Moore as a woman in their reporting of an incident at a local park. The confusion arose because the accompanying mugshot showed Moore with a beard, Adam’s apple and stereotypical male haircut.
Moore was arrested and charged with menacing after pointing a fake handgun at a group of three people.
A casual glance of the news coverage shows local news outlet KATU2 described Moore as a woman. Likewise, KOIN 6, an affiliate of CBS also described Moore as a woman. FOX12 avoided the fray altogether by simply describing Moore as a suspect. Pamplin Media, however, bucked the trend and identified Moore as a transgender female.
Christine Hallquist, previously known as David Hallquist, is a 62-year-old man that identifies as a woman. A former CEO of the 107-employee Vermont Electric Cooperative and biological father of three children, Hallquist received the 2018 Democratic Party nomination for Governor of Vermont.
In a media interview with CBS News, Hallquist admits he “has all the physical body parts of a man,” but describes his gender identity (his sense of self) this way, saying: “My brain believes I am a woman. I’m a woman.” The internal conflict is reported to have given him thoughts of suicide in the past.
The Pentagon’s 2018 “Department Of Defense Report And Recommendations On Military Service By Transgender Persons,” which recommended a ban on transgender people serving, describes the DSM V criteria for “feeling like the opposite sex” in this manner: “A strong conviction that one has the typical feelings and reactions of the other gender ( or some alternative gender different from one’s assigned gender).”
News articles about Christine Hallquist can be found at these locations:
Mona Charen (August 16, 2018). Liberals go gaga over ‘historic’ win by transgender candidate. Chicago.suntimes.com (Archive)
Terri Hallenbeck (November 4, 2015). Becoming Christine: Transgender CEO Hallquist Prepares to Go to Work As a Woman. Sevendaysvt.com (Archive)
Darren Perron (September 11, 2015). From Dave to Christine: Vt. CEO shares transgender experience. Cbsnews.com (Archive)
Vermont Business Magazine (September 11, 2015). VEC CEO Hallquist comes out as transgender. VermontBiz.com (Archive)
Darren Perron (September 10, 2015). Powerful Transformation. Internet Archive from WCAX.com (Archive)
Drew Adams is a 17-year-old student at Nease High School in St Johns County, Florida. Adams, born female, identifies as a boy. Seeking to be treated like “all other boys,” Adams has sought access to the male bathrooms at the school. As they have in many such cases across the nation, Lambda legal filed suit on Adam’s behalf.
According to the 2017 complaint: “Even though Drew’s sex assigned at birth was female, and even before he was aware that transgender people existed, Drew knew that his body did not feel like it fit him.” The complaint says: “Drew first began to understand why he felt the way he did when he was 14 years old, and saw a transgender man interviewed on television. When Drew heard the man describe what it meant to be transgender, everything clicked for Drew, and he immediately realized that he felt the same way.”
Included among the many factual allegations of the complaint are these two notable statements: “Gender identity — a person’s core internal sense of their own gender — is the primary factor in determining a person’s sex” and “every person has a gender identity.”
Alarmingly, the allegation that “every person has a gender identity” is now frequently written into most legal complaints involving transgender plaintiffs. In fact, a “Sample Expert Declaration from a Transgender Restroom Access Case” available for download at the American Bar Association website contains that exact statement. The document was “Reproduced with permission from Shannon Minter, of the National Center for Lesbian Rights.” Like Adams, Minter, who was born female, identifies as a man.
The factual allegation that “every person has a gender identity” appears to conflict with the agender element of the vast transgender umbrella. For example, in 2017 an Oregon court ruled that Patrick “Patch” Abbatiello could legally change their sex to agender.
According to an Associated Press article describing Abbatiello’s court ruling: “People who are agender see themselves as neither a man nor a woman and have no gender identity.”
As is typical in court cases involving transgenderism, the use of sex stereotypes to prop up male or female gender identities that mimic the stereotypical traits of biologically sexed males or females was on full display. During proceedings, “Adams testified about his childhood and how he rejected stereotypically feminine toys and clothes even though he was born with female sex organs.” The complaint states “Drew cut his hair short” as part of his social transition.
Court documents explain social transitions this way: “Social transition entails a transgender person living in accordance with the person’s gender identity. For example, for a transgender boy, social transition can include, among other things, changing his first name to a name typically associated with boys, using male pronouns, changing his identity documents to indicate a male gender, wearing clothing and adopting grooming habits stereotypically associated with boys, using restrooms and other facilities for boys, and otherwise living as a boy in all aspects of life.”
In July, 2018, a U.S. District Court Judge ruled Adams should be allowed to use the boys’ bathroom. The school board has now filed notice they plan to appeal that ruling.
Court documents and news articles related to the case and this blog entry can be found at these locations:
Colette DuChanois (August 24, 2018). School Board signals plans to appeal transgender restroom ruling. News4jax.com (Archive)
Nick Jones (July 26, 2018). Transgender St. Johns County student wins restroom lawsuit. News4jax.com (Archive)
Andrew Pantazi (Posted Dec 11, 2017). Transgender teen takes the stand in civil trial over bathroom rights. Jacksonville.com (Archive)
Case: Adams v. The School Board of St. Johns County, Florida
Glen Robert Askeborn, also known as Samantha Glenner, is a man that identifies as a woman.
A dishonorably discharged veteran, Askeborn was booted from the Navy for scalding his young stepson in a tub of hot water. He then served part of a six year prison sentence for a pair of robberies.
A news article in People Magazine describes Askeborn’s history as such: “Around 1980 he began living as the woman he had decided he was. He wore makeup, short shorts and high heels, and affected a huge artificial bustline.” People interviewed for the story said Askeborn would try to talk in a woman’s voice and would get upset if they didn’t call him Samantha.”
Describing his belief of being a woman, Askeborn said of his military service in Vietnam: “he didn’t know what had happened to him, but he liked it.”
Eventually, Askeborn landed at his parent’s Maine home, where he went on to murder female victim Amelia Cave. Investigators found Cave’s body buried partly beneath a stone wall. Her head had been covered with a plastic bag, her wrists were bound with nylon cord, her ankles were bound with packing twine and her mouth had been stuffed with an empty birdseed bag. Cave had been beaten as well as strangled.
According to police, Askeborn is a suspect in the murder of a yet to be identified woman in Connecticut.
You can read more details about Glen Robert Askeborn in these past media articles:
Michelle Tuccitto Sullo (February 4, 2012). Missing in Connecticut: Giving a name to the ‘missing missing,’ databases and DNA may help identify unnamed remains (video). Nhregister.com (Archive)
Kristin Mcmurran (October 21, 1985). Amelia Cave’s Dream of a New Beginning Ends in Her Murder by a Would-Be Transsexual. People.com (Archive)
UPI Archives (March 14, 1985). Court orders state to assist slaying suspect’s sex change. Upi.com (Archive)
Reiyn Keohane is a 24-year-old man that identifies as a woman. He is currently serving a 15-year sentence in a Florida prison for an attempted murder in 2014. After stabbing his female roommate more than 30 times, Keohane left her to die.
Bleeding profusely, the woman sought the help of two neighbors, telling the men she was dying and her lungs were filling with blood.
Keohane was arrested later at his parents home, armed with two knives and a loaded AR-15 magazine. He was charged with 2nd degree attempted murder.
A 2013 Florida Weekly article featuring an interview with his parents described Keohane’s gender identity as being based on the internal feeling that he’s really a woman. His parents told the reporter he “felt like a girl inside.” Prior to believing he’s actually a woman based on his internal feelings, Keohane identified as a gay male.
The ACLU, a nonprofit organization which frequently represents dangerous men in prison that identify as women, represented Keohane to obtain female hormones, bras, panties, and female grooming items as treatment and accommodation for his gender dysphoria. Keohane is alleged to have attempted to castrate himself during his incarceration.
You can read more about Reiyn Keohane at these media outlets:
Dara Kam, News Service of Florida, (August 23, 2018). Prison system must accommodate transgender inmate, judge emphatically orders. Miamiherald.com (Archive)
WIFR Newsroom (October 28, 2013). Stabbing Victim Speaks Out After Vicious Attack. Wifr.com (Archive)
Staff Reports (September 23, 2013). Witnesses speak of Village Creek stabbing. Nbc-2.com (Archive)
Staff Reports (September 23, 2013). Man arrested for stabbing roommate in throat. Nbc-2.com (Archive)
Cathy Chestnut (August 29, 2013). Transgender Transition: The new coming out that’s going mainstream. Floridaweekly.com (Archive)