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Mass. convicted killer wanted to pay for sex change surgery

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The convicted killer who has been granted a Massachusetts taxpayer-funded sex change said she offered to pay for the surgery two decades ago.

In a letter to Boston Spirit Magazine, Michelle Kosilek wrote that she wanted to pay for the procedure but the state refused.

Kosilek, who was born Robert Kosilek, suffers from gender identity disorder and killed her spouse in 1990. In 2012, Senator Warren said Kosilek's surgery would not be a good use of taxpayer dollars.

In her letter, Kosilek also responded to Warren's comments.

"This is the woman who has stood up in strong support for LGBT rights for those in the community. I don't understand why my rights should be diminished by the existence of the wall that surrounds me, because of the life that I took...You don't lose your right to humanity and dignity when you go to prison," wrote Kosilek.

Kosilek said the surgery would have cost $45 hundred twenty years ago. Now, it could cost between $20 thousand and $30 thousand.

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