A 57-year-old convicted killer in California who’s serving a life sentence for murder, kidnapping, and robbery has become the first U.S. inmate to receive state-funded sex reassignment surgery.
Shiloh Heavenly Quine underwent surgery to physically change her anatomy from male to female on Thursday. She has reportedly been living as a woman in a California men’s prison but will now be transferred to a women’s prison.
After Gov. Jerry Brown paroled one inmate who requested tax dollars pay for a sexual reassignment surgery, it seems the state is on the hook for another. California reached a settlement with a second inmate to pay for the surgery.
In this settlement agreement between the state and Shiloh Quine, two mental health experts weighed in, both agreeing that the surgery is medically necessary for Quine. Based on that medical opinion, California agreed to provide the 56-year-old with sex reassignment surgery as soon as possible and then move her to a female inmate facility.
The medical experts said that Quine, who entered the prison system as Rodney, had severe gender dysphoria. They said feeling and looking female, but having male genitalia, caused profound distress for Quine.