Transgender Woman Takes the U.K. to Court

7.1.2010

By Noah Michelson

Healthcare cuts in the UK have left an out-of-work MTF transgender woman with only half of her surgery complete, and no way to fund the rest of the work.

The Sun newspaper reports that Miranda Lee, 40, had male genitalia removed and her voice heightened, but after the $90,000 of work was carried out for free under Britain’s National Health System (NHS), the further $14,000 Lee needed for breast implants was refused for lack of funds.

Now she is taking the NHS to court, and has been awarded free legal aid to do so. Lee, from Essex, in England, told the newspaper: “It will cost the NHS more money if they don't settle out of court. I just want my operation so if they give me that then they will avoid court. They don't understand how it feels to be left half man, half woman.”

The Sun’s readership is not known for its liberal views, so you might be advised to give the comments section a miss.

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