One of the most notorious killers in Connecticut has come out as transgender and is undergoing hormone therapy in prison.
Steven Hayes, who is serving six life sentences for a deadly 2007 home invasion, opened up about his gender transition during a series of jailhouse calls for“15 Minutes With,”a podcast with host Joe Tomaso.
“I am a transgender. I was diagnosed at 16 with sexual identity disorder and my family never acknowledged it and it was never treated,” Hayes told the host in an Oct. 12 episode.
Hayes remains in a maximum-security prison in Greene County, Pa., after he was convicted along with Joshua Komisarjevsky for the killings of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters, 17-year-old Hayley and 11-year-old Michaela.
Hayes said that he started hormone therapy more than a year ago while incarcerated. The inmate didn’t state whether he has begun using female pronouns, but said he has altered his prison gear to be “feminine.”
“There’s hormone therapy,” Hayes said. “There’s other things that I’m looking to get.”
But Hayes said that he’s faced challenges undergoing the gender transition process while in lock-up.
“There’s a lot of problems with the presentation as a female,” Hayes said. “I mean a lot people accept it, but this facility here you have a lot of racist and bigot [sic] staff and they’re not happy.”