Just a day after the Health and Human Services Department shelved a plan to consider paying for gender reassignment surgery, transgender activists held a rally in DC. The Washington Blade reports:
More than 100 people attended a rally in Columbia Heights on Saturday in support of equal access to health care for transgender people. “We are here today to advocate for trans competent health care providers and for health care for the transgender community,” organizer Bryce Jordan Celotto said.
Nico Quintana, who came out as trans when he was 19, binded his chest for 10 years because his health insurance providers did not cover transition-related care. He received a double mastectomy at an out-patient facility last year after saving more than $7,000, but developed an infection in his chest after the surgery. Quintana was hospitalized three times — and he said the personnel who admitted him to the hospital asked whether he was a man or a woman before they processed him. “No one should have to think about that when they’re dying,” he said.