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Erasing the problems of people by ignoring LGBT people makes you part of the problem, Greg.
On your other points...
Transgender is an identity not a lifestyle. Also, "transgender" says nothing about whether they are straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, or any sexual orientation you may think of. So please stop talking about gender identity like you would talk about sexual orientation. You're offending people.
An equivocal procedure? Really? Like biological men who never will experience pregnancy, cisgender people will never experience or have a similar experience of being transgender. Calling for some equivocal procedure to be covered is both nonsensical and disrespectful.
From the article it appears that the City is investigating the costs as we write, but I think Caitlin did her homework and found the cost to the City and city employees would likely be negligible.
I didn't realize you only wanted to talk about surgical procedures. So, does that mean you're cool with hormone therapy for transgender insureds?
Anyhoo, here's a short list chosen specifically to illustrate the hypocrisy of covering these items and NOT sex reassignment surgery:
Vasectomy, circumcision, breast replacement after breast cancer mastectomy, even penile implants are regularly covered by insurance.
I guess we could go through the City's plan and itemize surgical procedures, but the reality is: I don't care. Transgender people deserve this coverage.
For people who are interested, here's a good website to help you understand transgender rights and what you can do to help as an ally:
I'm sure there are others, but people I respect often go to this one so that's why I'm recommending it.
All the time: birth control, pain medication, physical therapy, speech therapy, and on and on...
Why should you as a tax payer pay for this? To be a decent, kind to your neighbors, human being who recognizes that people suffer in ways that you may not understand or even know about.
Ok, Greg, I'll bite.
How does a cisgender woman who's identity as a woman is already reflected by her body and accepted by everyone in society as "womanly" EQUAL a transgender woman who's identity as a woman doesn't match their body and suffers physically, socially, and emotionally because of that fact?
In my mind, the arguments for breast implants (or removal for transgender men) are not and could never be the same for the rest of the population seeking body modifications. Also, you're not addressing hormone therapy at all. So, can you walk me through your thoughts on that one too?
Medical treatment for gender identity is an important step in protecting the lives of transgendered people - though not the only step. Bringing their physical body into closer alignment with their identity can help them feel more at home in their own skin. For some but not all, not feeling at home in their own skin IS a life or death issue - anxiety, depression, and suicide are real things - not to mention violence against and murder of transgender people simply because they are "discovered" to be transgender.
At the very least, it is a HEALTH issue and is not an elective procedure like putting breasts into Greg Strandberg. Health insurance should cover health related procedures and therapies regardless of the "life-threatening-ness" of the diagnosis or condition, including hormones and sex reassignment surgery. Period.
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