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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 16:38

Media Nearly Ignore Controversy Over Murderer’s State-Funded Sex Change

Written by  Sarah Stites

In January, Shiloh Quine, a convicted killer serving a life sentence in California, was the first transgender inmate to ever receive a state-funded sex change surgery. Yet, based on media coverage of the operation, Americans would hardly know the issue was controversial.

In the 2015 case Quine v. Beard, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation settled, agreeing to fund a sex change operation and transfer the inmate to a women’s prison. As the Huffington Post’s Mary Papenfuss noted, the state is constitutionally mandated to provide “medically necessary” treatment for inmates’ medical and mental ailments, which include gender dysphoria. Prior to the approved operation, Quine attempted genital mutilation and suicide, and told a psychologist that surgery would bring “drastic, internal completeness,” CBS reported.

Many issues specific to the transgender community, such as gender-identity aligned bathroom usage and personal IDs, are hotly contested, but state-funding a murderer’s sex change operation takes the controversy to a whole new level. Even still, media coverage of Quine’s surgery barely noted any of these debates.

TheWashington Post’s Kristine Guerra quoted multiple transgender advocates praising the new LGBT milestone. Kris Hayashi, executive director for the Transgender Law Center, commented that the “landmark settlement” and surgery was a “victory not only for Shiloh and transgender people in prison, but for all transgender people who have ever been denied the medical care we need.

Read more at NewsBusters

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