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Judge suspends jail term for drug dealer seeking sex change

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U.K. drug dealer Jean Morris — born Ian — was convicted of intent to distribute ketamine, but Judge Mark Horton suspended her eleven-month jail sentence to allow her to get a sex change. Morris' lawyer argued that sending Morris to a men's prison would cruelly disrupt her ongoing gender reassignment; in a remarkably progressive statement, Horton noted that

"I am in no doubt that you have led something of a nightmare existence as a transsexual for the entirety of your life… if I send you to prison I would be sentencing you to a continuation of your sexual nightmare, possibly forever."

The struggles of transgendered people are sort of the final frontier for legal and cultural acceptance of LGBT identities. I'm touched by this judge's compassion, as was (unsurprisingly) a grateful Morris.