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Protecting Trans Health

Filed By Guest Blogger | August 11, 2009 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: health care reform, transgender

Editor's Note: Today's Guest Contributor is the Reverend Donna Tara Lee, a Gainesville Florida out and proud M2F transgender activist.

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I recently posted a blog on this site concerning a transsexual woman who was arrested for injecting hormones in other trans persons who were transitioning male to female. She was charged with practicing medicine without a license and faces a heavy fine and jail time. She has lost her well paying job where she worked from home and her life is in tatters right now.

There is also a story from Indianapolis that broke in the last few days where a hostess holds what are called "injection parties." At these parties, pre-op women are injected with female hormones to allow them to grow breasts.

The big dangers of this treatment are the following:

1) that the injection could hit the heart and kill the person right then and there, and
2) that after a period of perhaps 10 years the leaking from the silicone inside the the body can cause horrible health risks, including death.

Is there a way to avoid these illegal, and more importantly, very dangerous activities?

The answer is a resounding yes!

People who are driven to such dangerous actions can avoid them if the government will simply provide health care to the Transgender population.

The vast majority of health care professionals do believe that transgenders are people suffering from a disease: gender dysphoria. If the U.S. government recognizes this, as countries like England, Australia, and other countries do (and the reason I am mentioning these countries is that I do personally know M-F transsexuals in these countries who had national health care that payed for their surgeries), these dangerous actions by transgenders could be stopped.

There would be no need for transgenders to go through such risks.

I can attest that the cost of transitioning is very costly. Fortunately, I had health insurance that paid for my therapy and hormone treatment. However it did not pay for my surgery. Because I had a good paying job with a lot of sick time, I was able to have the time off plus pay out of pocket for my surgery.

I was very fortunate to be in this situation. Others are not.

I know girls who killed themselves because they saw no way out. They could not afford surgery and could they cope with living life without it, so they killed themselves.

I believe there is a better way. Cover gender dysphoria as the real disease it is and provide health care services to our transgender citizens.

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