Background Radiation 4/14/2017

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.

Today, this is my list of news items that hit “Fuck them” list.

Headline: Johns Hopkins psychiatrist sees hospital come full circle on transgender issues
http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/bal-johns-hopkins-transgender-20170406-story.html

This is an article about how one Dr. McHugh singlehandedly dismantled and stoppered John Hopkins ground breaking transgender program between 1975 to 2001. He is the kind of gatekeeper we run into. A man that wielded the power to deny transgender people medical care, because he feels we are all just in need of psychological help, and have mental illnesses. He does it all under the paternalistic phrase “I don’t mean them any animus, I just want them to get help.” Yet, he helped shutter one of the premier gender clinics of the times, to refuse that help to transgender individuals.

He even recently put out a badly done study, in the The New Atlantic which proposes to say we would not get access to care. The New Atlantic is a conservative christians think tank, according to the article. This study is probably the one our opponents have been waving about lately, so the man is still actively doing harm to the transgender community.

Headline: Look beyond Caitlyn Jenner: Transgender women of color are fighting for their lives
http://www.salon.com/2017/04/07/look-beyond-caitlyn-jenner-transgender-women-of-color-are-fighting-for-their-lives_partner/

This article is a good roundup of how experiences for transgender people have wide disparities when you take race and economic class into account. It’s one of the better articles I’ve read on this.

We can’t really talk about violence against transgender people without being clear that the violence we face is more likely to happen to transfeminine folks, and people of color. Most of the transgender people who are murdered are transgender women of color.

Headline: This Law Firm Is Linked to Anti-Transgender Bathroom Bills Across the Country
http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/nbc-out/law-firm-linked-anti-transgender-bathroom-bills-across-country-n741106

The Alliance for Defending Freedom (ADF) is a Christian law firm that is behind writing at least fifteen recent anti-transgender bathroom bills, just this year. We’ve known for a while, most of these bills are copy pasta’s from a single source, but this is a good article rounding that up. This group is identified as a hate group by Southern Poverty Law. I’m not sure why the stupid article has it as ‘hate group’. It’s not a theoretical designation.

Headline: Victory for mom who couldn’t talk about being lesbian with her sons for 6 years
https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2017/04/victory-mom-couldnt-talk-lesbian-sons-6-years/

This is undoubtedly a victory that the court overturned this incredibly homophobic ruling, but it is shocking to me that this could even happen in 2011 to 2013.

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