They were all transgender. They were all women. They were all black. Their stories are tragic, their deaths horrific. And there are many more like them.
When is the last time you went to the doctor for a minor ailment and were told “I’m sorry, I don’t know how to treat you,” or “We don’t treat ‘people like you’ here.” Sounds far-fetched, doesn’t it? I mean, what doctor in their right mind would treat a patient so badly, or not treat them at all? Well, the truth is that it does happen, but generally only to those people who identify as transgender or gender non-conforming. Transgender people have been making the news a lot more in recent years, but most of the buzz has been around bathroom usage instead of real problems like equal access to employment, to housing, and to culturally competent medical care.
At an Equality Act hearing in the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Pramila Jayapal made the deeply personal revelation.
Transgender and gender-nonconforming people often run into unnecessary barriers that make their jobs harder than they need to be. Here are 10 actions that social sector organizations can take to help.
Three in five people internationally report that they would intentionally misgender a transgender person, according to a recent survey.
As scientists, we are compelled to write to you, our elected representatives, about the current administration’s proposal to legally define gender as a binary condition determined at birth, based on genitalia, and with plans to clarify disputes using “genetic testing”.1 This proposal is fundamentally inconsistent not only with science, but also with ethical practices, human rights, and basic dignity.2
Recently the author of a Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria (ROGD) study lied to a credulous Canadian reporter who printed misleading medical and psychological information that can encourage parents to withhold evidence-based care from their children. The following is an excerpt from Canada’s The Globe and Mailnewspaper:
Research published in Pediatrics indicated a higher prevalence ratio of certain mental health disorders in transgender and/or gender-nonconforming (TGNC) youth compared with cisgender controls, suggesting an urgent need for improved measures of social and clinical support.
“Last month, North Carolina enacted HB2, one of the most viciously anti-civil rights laws in the country. In addition to repealing local minimum wage laws and local protections for LGBT people, HB2 stripped women, people of color, and other protected groups of the ability to bring discrimination cases in state courts. HB2 also openly attacked transgender people. HB2’s supporters demonized transgender people as deviants who must be excluded from shared bathrooms and locker rooms to ‘protect’ others — especially women and girls. By requiring public schools and government employers and agencies to discriminate against transgender people, the law’s true intent — to eliminate any social or legal space in which transgender people can exist — is plain.
But while HB2’s attack on transgender people has attracted the lion’s share of attention, its negative impact on others is just as real. Among the many groups harmed by HB2, gender-nonconforming women, including many who are lesbian or bisexual, are especially at risk. In the words of one butch blogger, ‘Bathrooms are spaces of extreme vulnerability for gender nonconforming folk.’”
“For some, summer camp is a refuge from the rigors of daily life and school. For the estimated 1 in 500 significantly gender nonconforming or transgender children, escaping the trappings of everyday life and societal judgment can be life-changing.
That’s why the families of gender nonconforming youth joined forces nine years ago to create a summer camp-like experience where their loved ones could feel free to explore their authentic selves. Photographer Lindsay Morris, who first attended eight years ago with a loved one, documented this exploration over the course of several years. The result is a beautiful photo series titled ‘You Are You.'”