Shawn Shannon “Nicole” Quinnones is a man who identifies as a woman. He is currently serving a prison sentence for a string of robberies he committed while dressed as a woman in 1997. While incarcerated, Quinnones, who is HIV-positive, spit on a corrections officer, for which he received an additional 8-year term.
The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections recently filed suit in Centre County court for an injunction allowing Benner state prison personnel to forcibly provide medical services to Quinnones, 40, who has decided to stop eating. On Friday, Judge Pamela A. Ruest upheld her temporary injunction after a hearing in which Quinnones testified that his hunger strike was a protest of his treatment at the prison as a transgender individual.