This is my weekly roundup of the background radiation I am exposed to. It’s usually the bad and ugly of how the world treats LGBT folks, with a heavier emphasis on the T’s. I like to leave the full links exposed because then you can see where the article is.
I am a big news consumer, and here’s what got my drawers in a knot this week.
Headline: Advice for Gay and Transgender Travelers
This comes up for my husband and I regularly. When you travel and are anywhere on the LGBT spectrum, you have far more to take into account than a straight cisgendered person. We work for a federal agency with opportunities around the world, but are not able to take advantage of those for the most part. This geographical awareness when you are gay or trans even includes areas of the US for us. I’d prefer to stay in my coastal liberal paradise because there is a reduced chance of dealing with discrimination and violence that way.
Headline: “Administration-Related Changes” Lead To Delay In A Key Transgender Rights Case
The crux of it is that EEOC had a very pro-LGBT stance, and was pursuing cases of anti LGBT discrimination, but that might reverse with the Trump administration. In this gals case, the HRC is stepping in for her, but I’m not sure where that leaves everyone else that needs the EEOC.
Headline: Transgender ex-squaddie targeted by cruel bullies would reverse sex-swap op to escape living hell
This is not someone who thinks they aren’t transgender anymore, but that the abuse they suffer for being transgender is so pervasively ongoing, and violent, that she just wants it to stop. She’s not the first person I’ve heard of that faced this kind of abuse without support for being transgender. It’s horrifying that the public contains more than a few people who seem to take glee in attacking people for being trans.
Headline: Transgender Americans rush to change IDs for Trump era
I think everyone that can, is rushing to get things done. The Group Health caseworker I talked to when I was organizing things to get on the long waitlist for bottom surgery, says she has an unprecedented number of people attempting to access transgender services in the last few months. It’s why I started the process. If access to surgeons wasn’t a long wait, I’d do this tomorrow, and get it rolling before I have to worry about my insurance being cut off. I see the chit chat on my usual FTM sites, and name changes, and other changes are a hot topic. There is such a feeling of urgency that our legal ability to change our documents, get access to hormones or surgery will be whittled down or outright denied.