Almost every day, I spend at least 30 minutes in research for these articles. Generally a bit more than that, looking through Google news, the trans* tag on tumblr, the Huffington Post. I find so many interesting articles, some great news, some not so great news. But I cannot write about it all, so here is an overview of recent news including a trans*man in New York who was never notified of his cancer diagnosis and then was denied care, UC Berkeley making its new residence hall trans* inclusive, the FAA stopping psychological testing to certify trans* pilots, and the APA issuing a statement in support of trans* rights.
Jay Kallio, a trans*man from New York, went to the doctor after finding a lump in his breast. The doctor who then performed the biopsy did not notify Kallio he had cancer, who only found out when a lab technician called to ask after his health. The oncologist Kallio looked to next for treatment options refused to help him. He finally found doctors willing to treat him and is now in remission, but sadly, this denial of care is something to which trans* people are often subjected. With the advent of the Affordable Care Act, however, it is against the law to refuse care to anyone on the LGBTQ* spectrum in federally funded healthcare programs.
Still under construction, the UC Berkeley’s new residence hall, the Maximino Martinez Commons originally only had bathrooms designated men and women. Following concerns from the residents, six of the eight bathrooms in the hall were designated gender-inclusive. Le Norman Strong, associate vice chancellor of student affairs for Residential and Student Service wrote in an email, “We regret that we ran out of time in our pre-opening building reviews and missed this particular detail. The planning goals include both single-gender and gender-inclusive bathrooms.” Gender-inclusive housing is beginning to become a priority for many campuses. You can find more information on housing on campuses at the National Student Genderblind Campaign.
Up until recently, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) required psychological testing, at the expense of any trans* applicant, every year in order to maintain a pilot’s license or even to get one. The testing went beyond the usual testing to which all pilots are subject. A trans* pilot, Tamsyn Waterhouse, teamed up with the Transgender Law Center, the National Center for Transgender Equality, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to fight the rule, forcing the FAA to drop the policy so trans* pilot can be held under the same scrutiny as all other applicants.
Immediately following my article about the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, I found another article documenting an official statement from the APA about their support of trans* rights, listed in the following points (as seen at Think Progress):
APA POSITION STATEMENTS
The American Psychiatric Association:
1. Recognizes that appropriately evaluated transgender and gender variant individuals can benefit greatly from medical and surgical gender transition treatments.
2. Advocates for removal of barriers to care and supports both public and private health insurance coverage for gender transition treatment.
3. Opposes categorical exclusions of coverage for such medically necessary treatment when prescribed by a physician.
The American Psychiatric Association:
1. Supports laws that protect the civil rights of transgender and gender variant individuals.
2. Urges the repeal of laws and policies that discriminate against transgender and gender variant people.
3. Opposes all public and private discrimination against transgender and gender variant individuals in such areas as health care, employment, housing, public accommodation, education, and licensing.
4. Declares that no burden of proof of such judgment, capacity, or reliability shall be placed upon these individuals greater than that imposed on any other persons.
Along with the changes in the DSM-V, removing Gender Identity Disorder and replacing it with Gender Dysphoria represent some great steps forward.
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