BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Transgender state prisoner Michelle Kosilek has spoken out about his controversial case to a local magazine.
Kosilek told Boston Spirit Magazine that he accepts the sentence he's serving for killing his wife 24 years ago.
During the interview, he shared his difficult upbringing with the magazine's publisher David Zimmerman, who spoke with Mark Ockerbloom on the FOX 25 news at 5 p.m.
Zimmerman said Kosilek told him he had, "An alcoholic mother, was in foster care, and then was serially molested by his grandfather."
As a transgender person living in a male prison, he feels it's right to receive gender re-assignment surgery.
In the interview, Kosilek says he even offered to pay for it himself when he was arrested in 1990.
According to Zimmerman, Kosilek said he had about $27,000 in a bank account, that he found a physician, and he offered to self-pay, but the state said no.
Since then, there have been several legal battles and Kosilek tells the magazine that he estimates the state has spent nearly $1 million fighting him in court.
However in January, Kosilek's case made national headlines when a federal appeals court upheld a judge's ruling granting a taxpayer funded sex change operation.
The state still refuses to pay for the procedure.
In a progressive state, Kosilek says he expected more support from lawmakers like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has stated the operation would not be a good use of taxpayer funds.
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