Monday, April 15, 2024

“I” Is For… Inclusion.


We cannot leave them behind. There is C in LGBTQ+ and we should make sure they are not left behind.

I remember when we were trying to pass the Connecticut gender inclusive non-discrimination bill. Jerimarie who was the Executive Director of the Connecticut TransAdvocacy Coaltion was insistent that the bill must include everyone! No exceptions.

(21) "Gender identity or expression" means a person's gender-related identity, appearance or behavior, whether or not that gender-related identity, appearance or behavior is different from that traditionally associated with the person's physiology or assigned sex at birth, which gender-related identity can be shown by providing evidence including, but not limited to, medical history, care or treatment of the gender-related identity, consistent and uniform assertion of the gender-related identity or any other evidence that the gender-related identity is sincerely held, part of a person's core identity or not being asserted for an improper purpose.
First, that nowhere does it say anything about healthcare providers, you do not need a doctor’s letter or any medical intervention.
Second, that nowhere does it say you had to transition, nor anything changing you documents.
Third, that nowhere does it even say anything that you even have to be trans to be protected.

So what does that all mean? Well it protects a cis-gender person who is mistaken for being trans. And it also amazingly protects a cis-gender person from being discriminated by trans people because of their gender identity.

And that leads me to the topic I want to talk about… the forgotten crossdresser.

The law protects them.

What would happen if you are in a senior living center and they want to crossdress, how would the long term care facility (LTC) deal with them? I’m always writing about LGBTQ people in a nursing homes, I never really mention crossdressers but I include them under the “T” however the question is will the LTC facilities include them.

Under Connecticut law they have to… but do they know that? Or will they have a conniption if a resident only crossdresses occasionally.

I just wanted to say, I have your back. Under my watch I will defend your rights.


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