Tuesday, March 20, 2018

You Have A Pain In Your Chest And Arms… What Do You Do?

For most people they would call 911 to be taken to an emergency room but for trans people that might be what they fear most.
What It's Like Being Transgender in the Emergency Room
One patient described the experience as making them feel like “the freak show.” But some hospitals are forging a path toward inclusive care.
National Geographic
By Susmita Baral
March 19, 2018

Visiting a hospital emergency room for medical attention can make anyone feel vulnerable. But for transgender patients, the experience can be even more harrowing. Gaps in staff knowledge about transgender health contribute to patients’ uncertainty about receiving prejudice-free, competent care. That in turn leads to alarming statistics about the well-being of the transgender community.

Today, roughly 0.6 to 0.7 percent of the American population identifies as transgender, and these people have disproportionately high rates of illness and death—in part due to widespread reluctance to seek out emergency treatment and even routine checkups over concerns about the quality of care. (Here's how science is helping us understand gender.)

In a study in the February edition of the Annals of Emergency Medicine, transgender adults who visited the ER overwhelmingly reported that health care providers lacked competency in issues specific to the transgender community. For instance, many providers did not understand the meaning of “transgender,” and they lacked experience with and knowledge in trans-specific treatment, such as the effects of hormone therapy or complications from reassignment surgery.

One subject in particular said prior hospital experiences left them feeling “like the freak show.” Similar encounters led to many participants saying they had avoided seeking out emergency care for fear of mistreatment, discrimination, and harassment.
One trans person I know who was hospitalized recounts a story of their hospital stay; she was in a ward with three other patients, one morning her doctor was leading a group of med students and her doctor was talking about her in the third person and about her being trans all in hearing of the other patients. She said she felt like a specimen on exhibit.
“When you’re that vulnerable, that’s the worst time to have to worry about people reacting to you,” one participant said. Often, the burden falls on patients themselves to educate their health care providers, according to a survey conducted by the National LGBTQ Task Force. But as transgender awareness grows, so does interest in formally educating medical professionals.
Another person tells the story about when she slipped and fell on icy, she could hear the emergency room personnel saying that they didn’t want to deal with “it.”
At New York University Langone Medical Center, transgender actors are trained to serve as so-called standardized patients, people who act out common health scenarios, to better prepare future professionals for patients with non-binary gender identities. Richard Greene, the director of gender and health education at the medical center, says it’s instrumental to have transgender individuals act as patients to keep the training authentic.
I understand that this is being done at a number of Connecticut medical schools.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Stigma & Fear

That is what is driving the growing backlash against us especially in schools; it is bad for children who have or are transitioning but it is even worst for the teachers because they face the same bigotry as the students bit also face the possibility of losing their job.
Swampscott won’t renew contract for transgender principal
Boston Globe
By Stephanie Ebbert and James Vaznis
March 15, 2018

By Stephanie Ebbert and James Vaznis GLOBE STAFF  MARCH 15, 2018
The superintendent of Swampscott Public Schools announced Thursday that she will not renew the contract of an elementary school principal who recently came out as transgender and who will remain on paid administrative leave for the rest of the school year.

In an e-mail to the community, Superintendent Pamela Angelakis said she informed principal Shannon Daniels of the decision earlier this week. Daniels’ contract does not expire until June 30, but the district had to notify Daniels by March 15 if the contract was not going to be renewed.

Angelakis did not specify a reason for not renewing the contract for Daniels, who has been on leave for more than two weeks.
Well of course she didn’t give any reason for the firing because it would have been against the law.
Do you really think that Daniels will ever find a job as a teacher again?
Transgender Teachers: In Their Own Voices
By LA Johnson. Clare Lombardo
March 18, 2018

NPR Ed has been reporting this month on the lives of transgender educators around the country. We surveyed 79 educators from the U.S. and Canada, and they had a lot to say – about their teaching, their identities and their roles in the lives of young people. We reported the survey findings here, and followed with this story about how educators are coming together to organize and to share their experiences in the classroom, and in their lives.

We asked our survey respondents to send in a selfie and tell us what they wish others knew about them as a trans- or gender nonconforming (T/GNC) educator. Here are some of their responses.
Here are some of the teachers that they had responses from
Dylan Kapit, special education teacher, New York City
"The one thing I wish people knew about me is that my identity as an educator is the most important one I have."

Benjamin Kennedy, early childhood and higher education, Vermont
"The one thing I wish people knew about being a T/GNC educator is how resilient you must be! Each choice about what pieces or how much of your identity to share is extremely intentional, and fighting off the fear of being 'found out' by unaccepting colleagues or families is exhausting. At the end of the day, it's all worth it – my kids have taught me more about myself and unconditional acceptance than I ever imagined."

Deena Dawn Larsen, English teacher, Manitowoc, Wis.
"A year ago, I legally changed my name. This fall, I fully transitioned at work, presenting as my authentic self in front of my students for the first time. My fear was that my transition would adversely affect the learning. In reality, my transition has been a non-issue. The staff, students, and parents have been amazing. I am able to focus on teaching and students can focus on learning. I am comforted knowing that my students see me as an educator who has their best interest at heart."

Alison Tippett, special education teacher, Massachusetts
"The one thing I wish people knew about being a T/GNC educator is that I am making a choice about my safety every day when I wake up and am out about being non-binary at work. We currently live in a society where it is not always safe for any trans person to be themselves at home, let alone be themselves out in public or in the workplace. I make this choice to be out every day at school because I believe it is my duty as an educator to show students that being one's authentic self is so much more fulfilling than hiding who you are.

"I want my students, and any student in my school, to know that gender norms and stereotypes are not something we need to continue to perpetuate. I want the students in my school to know they have someone they can talk to if they do not have a safe adult at home or in the community to discuss their feelings about gender. I also want my students to know that it is necessary to respect a person's gender identity and pronouns. I know I am not the only trans person that my students will meet and interact with in their lifetime. I am trying to prepare them for a diverse world where they can live with compassion and authenticity. I put my safety at risk every single day because I believe the end result will be so, so worth it."
I noticed one thing in common with all those whose responses NPR published… they all have passing privileges, while the Principal Daniels doesn’t.

Guess Which Party Wants Us Back In The Closet?

Out in Kansas a couple of months ago the Republican Party passed a resolution marginalizing us and now they are trying to justify their resolution.
The Kansas Republican Party is taking a stance on transgender identity
Kansas City Star
By Eric Teetsel
March 18, 2018

Editor’s note:
In February, the Kansas Republican Party voted yes on a resolution to “oppose all efforts to validate transgender identity.” Here the author of the GOP resolution shares his perspectives on the topic. Read another viewpoint from Larry J. Bingham, treasurer of the Episcopal Diocese of Kansas and chair of it finance committee, here.

In 1856, a new political party held its convention in Philadelphia. They called themselves Republicans.

As violent skirmishes over slavery in “Bleeding Kansas” foreshadowed the Civil War, the delegates took their stand, resolving that “it is both the right and the imperative duty of Congress to prohibit in the territories those twin relics of barbarism — polygamy, and slavery.”

This legacy of moral clarity and courage is the inheritance of every Republican. It was in that spirit that the delegates at this year’s State Convention of the Kansas Republican Party passed a resolution regarding human sexual identity that I wrote.
A media frenzy then ensued, from local papers and LGBT blogs to a shamefully inaccurate column in The New York Times. For the majority of Kansans, it is stunning that basic biology is now debatable, much less that to defend it is considered “undignified,” “crass,” and “hateful anti-science,” in the words of opponents of the resolution.
Now guess who they quote?
Facts like these are the reason doctors like Paul McHugh professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, put a stop to gender-reassignment surgeries in 1979 (though they resumed last year). It’s not about bigotry or fear or being “anti-science.” I feel transgender identity is sexual ideology spread through shame and intimidation.
Now guess who wrote the editorial?
Eric Teetsel is the president of Family Policy Alliance of Kansas. and author of the resolution on human sexual identity recently affirmed by the Kansas Republican Party.
This is what we are up against and they used our own research against us....
Fellow Kansans are suffering and dying because of what I believe is a lie that one’s gender is whatever a person believes it to be. According to a January 2014 analysis by the Williams Institute, in collaboration with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and based on 2008 data from the National Center for Trangender Equity’s 2008 U.S. Transgender Survey, the rate of attempted suicide for those who experience gender dysphoria is 41 percent — 10 times the national average. A 2011 study in Sweden concluded that those who undergo gender reassignment surgery are 19 times more likely to commit suicide.
They picked and chose snip-bits to back up their hate and ignored all the rest that didn't support their bigotry.

We have to oppose the billionaires backed conservative mass media, bigotry, and lies.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Come Out, Come Out Wherever You Are*

Coming out can make a difference for all trans people. One of the biggest thing that change people minds against us to know a trans person.
Nobody Knew Model Teddy Quinlivan Was Transgender—Here's Why She Came Out
As Told To Naomi Rougeau
March 7, 2018

Last September during New York Fashion Week, I came out publicly as transgender: first in an online interview with CNN Style, then on Instagram, since that’s what you do now when you have a life-changing announcement. If it came as a surprise to people, it’s because I’d already been working as a female model for the past few years.

I actually started taking hormones when I was 17. I grew up in Boston and knew early on that I was very much female, despite my anatomy. I would sneak into my mom’s closet and play dress-up. Unbeknownst to my parents, I would change into girls’ clothing and put on makeup once I got to school. I understood at a young age that fashion is about identity and self-expression, and that we convey gender through clothing. People would say, “Take that dress off; you are a boy!” But I’ve always been rebellious. I thought, Fine, you don’t want me to wear a skirt? I’m gonna wear one every day. I was viciously bullied for it. When I would defend myself, I’d be the one in trouble. Every time in the principal’s office, it was the same spiel: “If you don’t want people to bully you anymore, then conform.”
There’s a stereotype of transgender people based on what’s shown on Maury Povich or Jerry Springer. It’s that there’s something mentally wrong with them, that they are incapable of serving in the military or existing in the workplace normally. But that’s not true at all. I am proof—a successful model who happens to be transgender. And I think fashion, in terms of social power, is the most important industry. Advertising has tremendous impact in terms of who and what we find attractive. It’s a hard sphere to penetrate. But I have.

So I can’t stay silent while a reality TV president actively fights to prevent people like me from living a normal life. There is no evidence to support the notion that transgender people are being perverted in the restrooms of their choosing. If legislation is being made on my behalf as an American citizen, then it’s incumbent on me to speak up for the transgender taxpayers who deserve the same dignity and respect that a cisgender person receives. And if I’ve learned anything from Trump’s election, it’s that literally anything is possible in the twenty-first century. Why can’t a transgender person walk in a Versace show or run for office? She already has—and maybe, one day, I will.
Miqqi Alicia Gilbert says there is “out” and then there is “OUT!”

Once you are out you will never be back in the closet, if you Google my name there are “About 48,300 results.” Transgender Day of Visibility is on March 31 and I don’t know how you can be more visible than having over 48,000 results on Google.

You don’t have to be visible or out to make a difference but you do have to speak up for trans people, as Robin McHaelen the Executive Director of True Colors says “If you hear mean, intervene.”

You have to let your legislators know that anti-trans or anti-LGBT legislation is not acceptable. You have to let your school board know that bans on trans people in school is not acceptable. You don’t not have to be visible but you do have to speak up.

*But please, only if you are safe to come out and coming out is not for everyone… think before coming out because afterward nothing is ever going to be the same.

We Won Another Court Case

Even after the Trump administration said they will no longer back trans discrimination complaint in school the courts are seeing following Trump attempts at marginalizing us.
A court reaffirms a transgender teen’s rights. Will the Education Department follow?
Washington Post
By Editorial Board
March 16, 2018

A 15-YEAR-OLD transgender student who had been barred by his Maryland high school from using the boy’s locker room, which aligned with his gender identity, just scored an important legal victory. A federal judge in Baltimore ruled this week that singling the boy out is discriminatory, “harms his health and well-being,” and is barred by federal and state law.

Other school districts should pay attention and realize that fair treatment of transgender children is not just the right thing to do, but is, in fact, the law. Likewise, we hope this ruling — consistent with other federal court decisions in similar cases — prompts the federal Education Department to revisit the wobbly reasoning used to justify its decision to stop handling complaints from transgender students who have been victimized by prejudice and barred from school bathrooms and locker rooms.
Left unanswered then was how the federal civil rights division would handle complaints from these students. Last month the Education Department said restroom complaints from transgender students are not covered by the 1972 Title IX federal civil rights law. “Title IX prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, not gender identity,” spokeswoman Liz Hill told BuzzFeed News. That parsing of the law conflicts with rulings of two federal appeals courts, the highest courts to consider the scope of Title IX. The U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 6th and 7th Circuits held that Title IX does guarantee that transgender students be treated consistent with their gender identity. The courts suspended restrictive school restroom policies, determining that transgender students were likely to win at trial. The two rulings, while not binding nationwide, are the law in the jurisdictions covered by the two circuits.

Now comes the same reasoning from U.S. District Judge George L. Russell III in the case of Max Brennan, a teenager living on Maryland’s Eastern Shore who had been barred from using facilities that corresponded with his gender identity because of a policy of Talbot County’s school board. Max was able to bring his case because of the legal assistance he received from the American Civil Liberties Union and FreeState Justice.
Ha! Does anyone think that DeVos and Sessions will change their tune just because they are losing court cases… they will just keep packing the bench with judges who believe in the Bible over the law.