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First Trans Prison Inmate Granted Gender Surgery

Above picture: Shiloh Quine was convicted of first-degree murder, kidnapping and robbery. Under a settlement agreement, if Quine completes surgery she will be moved to a women’s prison.

(Kristin Schreier Lyseggen / / SFINX Publishing/The Women of San Quentin)

Pink News reports:

Shiloh Quine has become one of the first prison inmates to granted a gender reassignment operation – that will be paid for by the local government.

The state of California has agreed to pay for the trans inmate’s gender reassignment surgery – however, it is still undecided whether or not an inmate having access to this type of surgery should be able to do so as a constitutional right.

The state admitted that Shiloh Quine – who has been in prison since 1980 – suffers “severe gender dysphoria that can be treated only by physically conforming her body to her psychological gender,” reports The LA Times.

The agreement to settle Quine’s case was announced late Friday, with a brief statement from the corrections department, saying that “every medical doctor and mental health clinician who has reviewed this case – including two independent mental health experts – determined that this surgery is medically necessary for Quine.”

Quine’s victory comes after another inmate – Michelle Norsworthy – won a court order for gender reassignment surgery in April.

Read more at Pink News

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