@Tekakaromatagi: "They aren't going to die if they don't get the
operation."Overall suicide attempts for transgender and
gender-non-conforming people runs over 40%. For those who are unable to get
medical care or who have been abused by medical providers the rate is as high as
60%.Depression and self-harm from not having access to hormone
therapy and appropriate medical and surgical treatments is equally high. Yes, they may very well die from not being able to get medical
treatment, including surgery in some cases. Receiving the proper
care is far cheaper for society than the drain caused by not having care. Trans
individuals who are ostracized from society and denied medical care have a lot
of problems. They end up unemployed, often homeless, may go in to addiction. All
of that costs society.Those who have the resources to get medical
treatment and surgery as needed are generally happier and more productive and
are able to contribute to society at a far greater rate than the cost of their
@ Ranch - Here, UT - "You people have no sense of empathy."Wrong.We "people" have common sense and truth.
People with too much month and not enough paycheck are being taxed to pay for
this. The people who support this have no empathy for their sacrifices.They aren't going to die if they don't get the operation.
@Laura Bilington;No, not really.
DN also currently has a story on "therapy" for those "struggling
with SSA." I wonder why Medicare doesn't cover it?
@Christopher B"or a man who thinks he's a dog into a dog.
"Or a man who thinks he can prognosticate BYU games into a man
who can prognosticate BYU games.
This is not about voting. The decision was made by an appeals board
that considers current medical treatments and standards of care and makes
decisions based on medical science, not popular opinion. This care
is not useless, it is life saving for those who need it. A case could be made
for almost every kind of care being "useless," depending on who is doing
I seriously doubt that the majority of Americans would want their tax dollars to
go toward this type of procedure. So why are these same Americans so willing to
just vote for a pretty face, without finding out how that pretty face will vote
when in power?We get these kinds of burdens put on us, to have our
tax dollars used for the most useless types of purposes, when we just vote for a
pretty face or a clever sounding name.
Some places to be informed. Chaz Bono's light, but ultimately
honest, book.Jason Cromwell's meticulously researched "FTMs
and Transmen" looking at female to male experience through history and
across societies, and the rules societies make around gender.Cardiologist Dr. Becky Allison's webpage. Especially her "old
blog" telling about her transition.Jennifer Finney Boylan's
writing on being a trans woman. And the rest of her essays because she's an
outstanding writer. The documentary – not movie –
"Southern comfort," and the documentary "Trans America."Jamison Green's "Self-Made Man." "My Husband Betty"
by Helen Boyd. Read and watch the stories of real people. Then come
back and make comments about flying purple dinosaurs.
I've spent hundreds of hours with transgender people socially and in
healthcare situations, as a provider and as an advocate during care. This is a good thing. Straightforward treatment and care will eliminate years
of patchwork care that often harms rather than helps this population. It is also
a strong first step into changing the attitude of healthcare workers at every
level. The prejudicial attitudes, like some expressed above, often are taken out
on trans people when they seek any type of healthcare. This means they put off
care for other health issues until the problems have become extreme or
emergency. There Cariston much more expensive and complicated.Why
should taxpayers pay for it? I could say that about any service offered through
Medicare or Medicaid. Why should taxpayers pay for the elderly to be in nursing
homes? The real question is will the services help this population so that they
can become more productive in society in general? Based on my experience with a
lot of transgendered people: yes, it will help them in many ways.
Ranch---seriously, did you expect otherwise?
Ranch,Unless you're willing to pay for doctors to transform me
into a flying purple dinosaur if that is what I feel I am, you'll get no
sympathy for the cries of "discrimination" from me. And men
should only be in mens locker rooms. If I think or say I am a woman, that
doesn't immediately erase the reasons I shouldn't be in a ladies
what kind of quackery says this type of mutilation is medically necessary?I guess that is just another hallmark of liberalism - you don't
need to overcome problems, just accept them and let society pay to help you
And to think that there are those who have been jailed for non-payment of taxes.
It is not the tax payers' job to pay for sex change surgery. The ones who
should be in jail are the ones who steal taxes from everyone for this.
Very good news. Transgender people have enough to deal with both in
institutional discrimination as well as societal disapproval. If it is easier
for some of them to receive the medical care they need, then so much the better.
You people have no sense of empathy.
Hooray! I have always wanted pointed ears so I can look like the Vulcan I am.
This is a step in the right direction so I can the points on my ears added so I
can look like who I am!
A "reassignment surgery" can no more turn a man to a woman or vice versa
than it can turn a man who thinks he's a flying purple dinosaur into a
flying purple dinosaur.Or a man who thinks he's barack Obama
into barack Obamaor a man who thinks he's a dog into a dog. ABC
did a story not too long ago on a man who thinks and behaves like a dog because
that's how he feels. Does it make him a dog?No.These people are really just confused. A man in a dress is a man
in a dressA man who asked a doctor to alter his appearance is a man who
asked a doctor to alter his appearance.