THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — Nearly twenty years on the job and Andrea Roussel decided it was time. It’s difficult to think of another more dangerous workplace to be at while transiting, but Roussel, a former football player and wrestler, was ready.
Prison administrators worked with Roussel as she presented as a woman prior to sex reassignment surgery. This was a difficult time for Roussel as her fear of being ridiculed by the prisoners became a reality. Rumors about a “tranny” spread through the prison and she worried about physical attacks. But she was determined not to quit.
Her path to transition is familiar to many trans people — parental pressure, suicide attempts, loneliness, and therapy.
Roussel on her youth: “I used to practise [sports] every day. I didn’t want to go home . . . I tried not to go home. If I went home and wasn’t busy, the urge of being Andrea would be too strong.”
It’s now been over 2 years since SRS and she is still a guard at Toronto’s the Don jail, handling Canada’s most troublesome male prisoners.
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