California Transgender Inmates May Soon Be Given Bras, Mascara, Lip Gloss

Men’s prisons in California may soon provide access to bras, mascara, and lip-gloss for inmates who identify as transgender. Women’s prisons would also be equipped with boxers and aftershave, according to rules introduced by the Department of Corrections. The rules stem from a lawsuit brought against the state by a murderer serving a life sentence, who was the first inmate in the state to receive taxpayer-funded sex change surgery. “Transgender female inmates housed in men’s facilities could have feminine undergarments, lip gloss and mascara, for instance, while transgender male inmates in women’s prisons could wear aftershave and boxers,” according to the Associated Press. Women in prison have relatively little access to makeup themselves, and there are accounts of female inmates getting creative by using Jolly Ranchers for hair gel, and M&M’s for lip stain. The new rules were introduced Tuesday and must go through a public hearing and comment period before they take effect. The rules are in response to lawsuits filed by Shiloh Quine, born Rodney James Quine, who murdered Shahid Ali Baig, a young father of three, during a kidnapping and robbery in 1980. Quine was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. Quine now goes by the name Shiloh Heavenly Quine, and was granted a sex-change operation in 2015, funded by state taxpayers, and moved to an all-women’s prison earlier this year after having surgery.