Transgender California prison inmates could have bras, cosmetics and other personal items corresponding to their gender identities under newly proposed regulations.
The state corrections department filed the rules Tuesday in response to a federal lawsuit. The lawsuit earlier led California to become the first state to provide taxpayer-funded sex reassignment surgery to an inmate.
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.
A federal magistrate previously ordered the state to provide similar items. However, attorneys for transgender inmate Shiloh Quine are still sparring with corrections officials over the details of the rule change.
The proposed regulations will have a public hearing and comment period before they can take effect.