The case of a transgender person who committed two rapes as a man but wants to serve time in a women’s ward has intensified the controversy over a law passed by the Scottish Parliament allowing legal gender reassignment based on nothing more than self-declaration.
A Glasgow court ruled on Tuesday that Isla Bryson, 31, is guilty of two rapes of women committed in 2016 and 2019 as a man Adam Graham. According to the media, Bryson is currently believed to be in Stirling Women's Prison in an individual cell.
However, the fact that the rapist would be serving the sentence in a normal cell with other female inmates after the sentence is announced, which will be in a month, is highly controversial.
According to Bryson’s own account, the suspicions of being transgender came at the age of four, but the gender reassignment process was not undertaken until 2020, already after the person had been arrested for rape. The process is not yet complete - Bryson is still undergoing hormone treatment, and surgery is yet to be scheduled.
Hey @EdinRapeCrisis - here’s ‘Isla Bryson’, real name Adam Graham.— Angry Bird (@NurseOfFury) January 26, 2023
The man who raped 2 women and abused his wife?
Is HE a ‘woman’?
Should he be in a women’s prison?
Should the women in prison ‘reframe their trauma’ to ‘accept’ him or are they bigots for calling him male? pic.twitter.com/SRLSbIoqrT
The document stipulates that a medical certificate of gender dysphoria, i.e., the incompatibility of one's biological sex with one's perceived sex, would no longer be needed for a legal sex change, but a self-declaration would suffice, and the minimum period of living with dysphoria needed to obtain a legal sex change would be lowered from two years to three months.
"A member of my own party was convicted of threatening to rape me because of my views... trans rights activists threatened to murder me."— Times Radio (@TimesRadio) January 25, 2023
SNP's @joannaccherry says convicted rapist Isla Bryson, a trans woman, is a man and should be sent to a male prison on #TimesRadio. pic.twitter.com/laU3N5w8c3