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Comment: Not Having Surgery Doesn’t Make Trans People Less Trans

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Transgender FlagSome trans people take hormones or have surgery as part of their transition. Some do not. Any of these options are valid and don’t make anyone more or less trans than anyone else. This might not seem like a radical notion, but it’s an amazingly contentious issue, even among trans people.

There is a divide between those who go through or want to have a medical transition, and those who do not. The former can accuse the latter of not being “trans enough”, and then the latter accuse the former of upholding cis normative body standards.

This can then lead to cis people believing that the only way to be “properly trans” is to undergo medical transition, or you’ll never quite be real.

Authored By Naith Payton – See the Full Story at Pink News

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Surgery Doesn’t Make the Trans Man (or Woman)

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Transgender FlagThere’s a certain amount of run-of-the-mill tact and respect for privacy that starts to vanish when someone comes out as trans*. I’m consistently surprised by the kinds of questions people ask me about my partner, and by the things they say to her or us. One of my favorites is when people tell her how lucky she is that she doesn’t have to deal with periods or cramping.

I always think, “Yeah, she’s really jazzed that she doesn’t get to experience fertility and won’t ever have the ability to carry a child. How lucky!” I wonder if cisgender women who have had hysterectomies experience the same misguided conversation about their “luck.”

A very common experience trans* people have is that conversation can tend to veer rather quickly to their genitalia. While I can certainly understand the curiosity, can we all just agree that conversations about one’s genitals are conversations best left under the “personal/private” umbrella? Transitioning doesn’t somehow lift that social contract.

Authored By Justin Ropella – See the Full Story at SDGLN

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California, USA: San Francisco to Cover Costs for Residents for Gender Reassignment Surgery

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

San Francisco to Cover Costs for Residents for Gender Reassignment SurgerySan Francisco’s Department of Public Health has voted to start covering the cost of gender-reassignment surgery for residents, reports the AP.

Under the city’s 5-year-old universal health-care plan, Healthy San Francisco, it will offer genital reconstruction, mastectomies and other surgeries associated with transitioning. Hormones, health screenings and counseling are already provided.

“The community felt the exclusion on Healthy San Francisco was discriminatory and we wanted to change that as the first step,’ said Public Health Director Barbara Garcia, who acknowledged studies would have to be done to determine many people would need surgeries, the cost involved with the procedures, and other factors, before implementing such a program.

Authored By Dan Avery – See the Full Story at Queerty

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ACT, Australia: Bid to Remove Transgender Surgery Requirement

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Legal and human rights groups in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) are pushing to change a law which requires transgender people to have surgery in order to change their legal gender.

Currently, trans people who want to be legally recognised in their true gender must have sex reassignment surgery, a requirement campaigners say is unnecessary and inhumane. It is also out of step with national laws which allow passport identity changes without surgery.

According to the Canberra Times, the ACT Law Reform Advisory Council has released a report with a range of recommendations to improve trans rights.

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