Transgender people have faced the brunt of attacks on the LGBTQ community as advocates fight to protect their lives and rights.
Although informed consent models for prescribing hormone replacement therapy are becoming increasingly prevalent, many physicians continue to require an assessment and referral letter from a mental health professional prior to prescription. Drawing on personal and communal experience, the author argues that assessment and referral requirements are dehumanising and unethical, foregrounding the ways in which these requirements evidence a mistrust of trans people, suppress the diversity of their experiences and sustain an unjustified double standard in contrast to other forms of clinical care. Physicians should abandon this unethical requirement in favour of an informed consent approach to transgender care.
A High School Girl Was Expelled for Defending Herself Against Boys Staging Anti-Trans “Protest” In the Women’s Bathroom
At a high school in Alaska, a female student has been expelled for defending herself against a group of boys who had cornered her in a girl’s bathroom.
When speaking on sexual violence, it seems society speaks generally in terms of biological genders and acknowledges more heterosexual violence. However, the transgender community is more deeply affected than we are educated on.
Thinking an ethics of gender exploration: Against delaying transition for transgender and gender creative youth
Youth explore their genders – both theirs and those of others. Exploration is not only a vessel of discovery and understanding but also of creation. Centering the notion of gender exploration, this article inquires into the ethical issues surrounding care for transgender youth. Arguing that exploration is best seen not as a precondition to transition-related care but as a process that can operate through transitioning, the article concludes that the gender-affirmative approach to trans youth care best fosters youth’s capacity for healthy exploration. Unbounded social transition and ready access to puberty blockers ought to be treated as the default option, and support should be offered to parents who may have difficulty accepting their youth.
BETSY DEVOS SAYS SHE KNEW OF POTENTIAL HARMS—LIKE ANXIETY, DEPRESSION, LOWER TEST SCORES—WHEN SHE RESCINDED OBAMA-ERA PROTECTIONS FOR TRANSGENDER STUDENTS
Education Secretary Betsy Devos told lawmakers that she knew the harms of rolling back the Obama administration’s protections for transgender students before she rescinded them.
Democratic presidential hopefuls will face off in a public forum on LGBTQ issues this fall. The event, slated for National Coming Out Day on October 10, marks the first time Democratic candidates have debated queer issues since 2008, when Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Dennis Kucinich, and Barack Obama faced off in a Human Rights Campaign Foundation forum.