AP (via ABC7) reports that on April 28, 2017, U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar issued an order that California prison officials must:
(1) Provide free chest-flattening undergarments called binders or compression tops to female-to-male (FtM) “transgender” inmates in women’s prisons:
Currently, corrections officials allow FtM “transgender” inmates to buy the specialty undergarments — a practice that Tigar said “effectively” denies those items to inmates who could not afford them.
(2) Provide bracelets, earrings, nightgowns and scarfs to male-to-female (MtF) “transgender” inmates in men’s prisons:
Currently, California prison officials allow MtF “transgender” inmates in men’s prisons to have sandals, t-shirts and walking shoes. Judge Tigar’s ruling expands that list to include pajamas, nightgowns, robes and scarves, rejecting the corrections department’s argument that those items could be altered to resemble street clothes, thereby aid in escape attempts.
Although another judge had ruled that earrings, bracelets, hair brushes and hair clips could pose safety concerns in men’s prisons, Judge Tigar, noting that women’s prisons allow those items, said the items could be made from materials such as rubber that didn’t create safety risks.
Tigar’s ruling is part of a federal lawsuit by a convicted murderer, MtF ‘transgender’ inmate Shiloh Heavenly Quine, 57, who is serving a life sentence for murder, kidnapping and robbery. The lawsuit had led California to become the first state to provide taxpayer-funded
sex reassignment genital mutilation surgery to an inmate — Quine, who had “sex reassignment” surgery this January, after which the biological male was transferred from a men’s facility to a women’s prison in Chowchilla.
Prison officials said they are reviewing Judge Tigar’s ruling.
Tigar is another Obama gift that keeps on giving.
Jon S. Tigar, 55, was born in London, England. On June 11, 2012, Tigar was nominated by Obama to be a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. On December 21, 2012, the Senate confirmed his nomination by unanimous consent; Tigar received his commission on January 18, 2013.