What’s Current: Canadian government provides DD implants to its youngest dangerous offender

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Tara Desousa, previously Adam Laboucan
  • Nineteen years ago, a 17-year-old Adam Laboucan raped a three-month-old baby and was convicted as Canada’s youngest dangerous offender. Now known as Tara Desousa, he has been provided a full suite of cosmetic surgery to appear more like a woman, including a set of DD breast implants.
  • Peter Dalglish, a Canadian humanitarian and former U.N. Staffer, has been arrested in Nepal on allegations of child sexual exploitation.
  • Melanie Rope, of the Carry the Kettle Nakoda First Nation in Saskatchewan, wants the public to know about actor Will Strongheart’s history of violence against women, before going to see the movie, Indian Horse.
  • Ulster Rugby, and the Irish Rugby Football Union, have revoked the contracts of former players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding, following revelations of their misogynist conduct in the rape trial at which they were acquitted.
  • In what’s been called a groundbreaking case, the International Criminal Court is trying an Islamic militant on charges of gender persecution for forcing hundreds of women into sexual exploitation and slavery.
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Natasha Chart is an online organizer and feminist living in the United States. She does not recant her heresy.

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  • therealcie

    This person, Adam Laboucon or Tara Desousa, needs to not be out in society able to harm innocent people ever again. Were I a Canadian taxpayer, I would surely not be happy that my money was going for cosmetic surgery for a baby rapist.

  • corvid

    Didn’t anyone tell him that horizontal stripes accentuate the Dad-bod?

    Why doesn’t the government fund cosmetic surgery for females? Isn’t it also driven by “gender dysphoria”? I demand answers.

  • lk

    “The Ontario and federal governments routinely pay for gender reassignment surgery.”

    What an excellent way to spend Canadian tax dollars…The Canadian government clearly has its priorities in order!!

    I’m also confused about why this article keeps referring to a male child rapist as she/her/herself.

    “I am a transgender woman and I was born a man but now after surgery I became a full woman.”
    ROFL….there is no surgery in the world that can turn a man into a woman….this is unreal.

    “I have a vagina, not a penis and also have 720ccs DD gel implants.”
    No, you don’t have a vagina…you have a surgically created wound..I’ll give him credit for saying he has implants and not breasts.

  • lk

    “The international criminal court in the Hague has launched a potentially groundbreaking new prosecution for the crime of persecution on the grounds of gender, seeking a lengthy jail sentence for an Islamist militant accused of forcing hundreds of women into sexual slavery.”

    This is excellent news, but I wish the language stated “on the grounds of biological sex”…the word gender is now about self expression and some mystical magical feeling and how you identify…I think its important that we acknowledge the reality that Islamic and Jihadist militants like AlQaida and Boko Haram target the female sex class to sell into prostitution/forced marriages/rapes and etc.

  • will

    I think the implants article needs some fact-checking. It’s in a Sun newspaper and written by a guy whose articles are a litany of sensationalism. Not to diminish how horrid this person and his crimes are, but I think the implications re: public funding are questionable.

    The text reads:

    ““I am a transgender woman and I was born a man but now after surgery I became a full woman,” Desousa writes on her profile.

    “I have a vagina, not a penis and also have 720ccs DD gel implants.”

    The Ontario and federal governments routinely pay for gender reassignment surgery.

    Breast implants routinely cost as much as $10,000 depending on the type — and size.

    Corrections Canada did not respond by press time to the Toronto Sun’s query on the ministry’s policies regarding gender reassignment.”

    Health care is supported federally but administered provincially in Canada. His crime(s*) were committed in B.C. and the article, being in an Ontario newspaper insinuates that it was that province, currently suffering an economic downturn, that paid for the procedure, but does not provide facts to support that. I do know that media like the TorontoSun are gleefully using the extreme unpopularity of the current Premiere, Kathleen Wynne, a Liberal and out lesbian, to feed outrage addicts on the Right at every opportunity. I don’t agree with all of Wynne’s policies but it’s pretty clear that she is subject to massive sex-based double-standards, but I digress.

    It might be interesting to investigate the current number of publicly-funded transition surgeries.


    *He also apparently was involved in the murder of a small child when he was 12. Happily, this article from 2010 refers to him as “he” even though he had changed his identity. Ahhh… the good old days! Note that this is also published in a B.C. newspaper, so more reason to believe that it’s unlikely the Wynne government funded his implants. However the dailyxtra article linked above notes that B.C. is the only province that pays for implants for MtF.


    • lk

      I dont know anything about the Toronto Sun, so thanks for this information.

      The information about Adam being on Canadian inmates is correct: http://www.canadianinmatesconnect.com/female_inmates_1.html

      From the article you shared: “Eight provinces, all but New Brunswick and PEI, fund some combination of gender-confirming surgeries.British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia fund all seven.”

      Let’s assume that Adam did get breast implants and a faux vagina.. then who paid for it? I think its troubling that even a penny of taxpayer money (whether from federal or provicinal funds) is being used to pay for men (let alone those in jail for sexual violence) to get unnecessary plastic surgery. I think its troubling that something as ridiculous as a man getting breast implants is being labeled as “healthcare” and that society is under any obligation to pay for someone who is suffering from the mental delusion that they are the opposite sex to get plastic surgery.

      I’m curious to know if he is housed in a men’s or a women’s prison. I do remember a few articles on here talking about how Canada was changing its policies to allow transgender inmates to be housed on the basis of gender identity.

  • Kathleen Lowrey

    Peter Dalglish story: the members of the Australian band for kids The Wiggles have a signature hand gesture they do whenever they meet fans. They came up with it because they worked in education and they just wanted to put ever touching or hugging kids completely off the table. Goddess only knows some horrible scandal could emerge about them, but the fact that they THOUGHT ABOUT IT pre-emptively, and took responsibility for making a plan that acknowledged the horrible history of men with children, always seemed like such a good sign to me. They took care of it at the start, they didn’t get offended that anyone might ever suggest blah blah blah.

    I mean, I don’t know if the charges about Peter Dalglish are true. But just the pattern: “charismatic guy starts super high profile charity for vulnerable children, it is the basis of his famous and much-lauded career as an unimpeachably virtuous man” is so Jimmy Savilean.

  • lk

    Okay, I see what you are saying.

    “he is housed in British Columbia, the only province that does pay for top surgery when it is determined “medically necessary.””

    LOL, I really cant do anything but laugh at the fact that men getting breast implants can actually be deemed “medically necessary.”