In Colorado, James Pennington has been arrested for “assault” upon Jane Doe. Pennington is a former army medic, not a doctor, and surgically removed Ms. Doe’s testicles.
Pennington performed the equivalent of a back alley abortion.
Transgender people constantly endure roadblocks to transition – denied changes in documentation, denied recognition, denied medical care. If Ms. Doe had been able to attain all those things, she would not have resorted to having surgery done in her apartment, bleeding and risking death.
How does Ms. Doe feel about James Pennington? She wrote a lengthy letter in his defence, pleading for him not to be charged or treated leniently. She criticizes the bigoted medical industry, policitians and society that drove her to this decision.
I am not in her position, not desperate as she was, but I understand and empathize.
DENVER – A transgender woman has penned a letter explaining why she chose to ask an unlicensed Colorado man to remove her testicles in what she called a “back-alley” procedure.
James Lowell Pennington, 57, is accused of operating on the transgender woman and is now in a Denver jail facing charges of aggravated assault.