Obamacare’s Failed Transgender Promise – The Daily Beast

Obamacare’s Failed Transgender Promise – The Daily Beast:

“Transgender people are still fighting for access to crucial health services, despite the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that insurance companies not deny coverage based on gender or health history.”

(Via. The Daily Beast)

The Book (Flash Fiction)

It was a rag-tag little thing, this forgotten book of stories, so worn the name was lost to the past and the cover had faded to an nondescript bluish gray. The edges of the pages yellowed and stained from countless readings. Allie held the tiny volume in trembling hands. She had always felt a special affinity with books, the strange characters and enchanting worlds held between the covers had the power to transport her away from the everyday and made the time seem to pass all at once.

Until this moment she has sought all of them at the school library which left the Summer looming as a huge void every year. She had lost count of the times she had asked her mother to go to the city library or maybe a bookstore like she had seen on television, only to be told there was too little time or too little money. She admonished herself, her mom worked hard at two jobs, she struggled for them to make it from month to month. To think of something so frivolous was selfish when paying for school was enough to leave her mother in tears.

This was the reason she in this store, a simple little thrift store where they could buy an entire years worth of school clothes for what they would pay for a single outfit at a department store. Books and toys were an extravagance. She closed her eyes, smiling wistfully as her hands caressed the cloth before returning the book to its place. She let out a small sigh and went to find her mother.

When they had finished and went to pay, she was surprised to see the little book sitting next to the register. The sales clerk slipped it into the bag with their other purchases, she winked and whispered, “A gift from a secret admirer.”

Mummy, what does cisgender mean? – Macleans.ca

Mummy, what does cisgender mean? – Macleans.ca:

“Silverberg is posing big questions at a crucial time. In the age of Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce) and Orange is The New Black’s trans star, Laverne Cox, trans awareness is slowly filtering down to younger ages; Stealth, the story of a 12-year-old transgender girl, screened this year at the TIFF Kids Film Festival. This week TLC launched I Am Jazz, a show starring 14-year-old transgender activist and author Jazz Jennings.”

(Via. Macleans)

New Studies Seek to Understand Trans Experiences, and Improve Them – Proud Queer (PQ Monthly – Daily Online)

New Studies Seek to Understand Trans Experiences, and Improve Them – Proud Queer (PQ Monthly – Daily Online):

“If you’ve heard or read any of the painful and, at times, shocking statistics about the transgender community used by advocates, journalists, and lawmakers to demonstrate the staggering amounts of discrimination and self-harm faced by trans individuals in the U.S., chances are those figures came from the 2011 report, ‘Injustice at Every Turn.’

The report, which collected data from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, helped put numbers to the powerful, and, at the time, virtually unchecked stigma of transphobia in our culture. Hearing some of the more shocking findings from the survey, such as news that 41 percent of transgender respondents had attempted suicide, 27 percent had lost a job due to their gender identity, and nearly one in five had experienced homelessness, helped awaken people to the need to help support and advocate for the trans community.

The National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), which, along with the National LGBTQ Task Force, conducted the 2011 survey, has announced its plans for a follow-up: the 2015 U.S. Trans Survey (USTS). The NCTE says the effort, called ‘the largest survey ever devoted to the lives and experiences of trans people,’ will be conducted every five years.”

(Via. Proud Queer Monthly)

Opinion: More than one voice

I’ve avoided watching Caitlyn Jenner’s speech from the ESPYS. Not because I don’t see it as important but I feel overwhelmed by the constant coverage in blogs, magazines, radio and television. On one hand I am glad to see a conversation going on; on the other, I fear it has become one dimensional. 

I’m happy Caitlyn is getting to live life in the real world. To be seen and heard is a powerful validation of ones identity. However. Her’s is not the only story nor is it one common among the trans* community and to hold her up as a poster child for an entire population is to marginalize those who do not meet the publics expectations. (Expectations formed in large part by what they see and hear through a media which has long sought unattainable standards for both men and women.)

I wonder if the conversation would be the same had she not only been a long standing image in reality television and thus guaranteed to draw in eyes, ears, and clicks but if she did not meet the standards of femininity as defined by this same media?

My question now is; what about all of the others? The ones who will never grace a stage or the cover of a magazine? What about the ones who have either slipped or been pushed through the cracks, left to fend for themselves? Those who have sacrificed so much, suffered so much loss, who tread our streets in fear?

I am glad to see a conversation has been started, but we have not heard the whole story, not talked about the reality so many live in every hour of every day.

I don’t want to see their voices, their experiences, their lives drowned out, smothered by an easier to digest narrative.