THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — In the first place, all the reports in English (at this writing) sources a British tabloid which is a pretty big red flag right there — not one word of the report can be considered as factual, however, looking at reports translated from other languages, although some appear to be tabloids as well, it appears that an escaped Colombian drug lord may have had at least partial sex reassignment surgery since her escape from prison. When caught, she used the name Rosalinda.
Normally, I would not even cover a crime-by-a-trans-person story, however, in this case, we have to consider the possibility that someone may have made a surgical change to their appearance to evade capture.
However, to be clear, at this point, we don’t know for a fact there was sex reassignment surgery. If there was, we don’t know for a fact if it was done to evade capture. There enough reasonable doubt here until more facts surfaces.
Here’s my dilemma — do I disclose Rosalinda’s birth name or give her the benefit of the doubt? Another dilemma, is there such a thing as a fraudulent sex change? If so, how do we approach reporting on this? Most especially, what is the pronoun protocol for this?
The crimes for which the escaped Colombian drug criminal was convicted of were pretty brutal — 60 years for torturing kidnap victims — should this factor in the disclosure of previous names/gender?
Feel free to comment on this as its new territory for all of us.
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