Gender Prison: Aetna eliminates transgender exclusion for federal employees

Last month I reported on the State Department's decision to ask its insurers to remove the transgender exclusion from its insurance plans and its largest insurer, the American Foreign Service Protective Association's decision to honor that request. The exclusion ends in January.

Last week Aetna announced it will follow suit. Aetna will start covering gender reassignment related health care for federal workers in January.

Additionally, Aetna said it will begin rolling out the same coverage in many of its commercial plans over the next couple of years.

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The Breakfast Club (Calm Before the Storm)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and
weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our
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it's PhilJD's fault.

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TBC (Ebola Oatmeal for Brains)

I really didn't want to hear another
story about Ebola. It effects my appetite, makes me feverish and gives
me an upset stomach. At last there's some good news. A court in Maine has lifted the quarantine on Kaci Hickox. The Government can't quarantine private citizens if they are not actually contagious. Finally we seem to be basing our decisions on fact not fear and we can focus on West Africa where this is a real crisis. 

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Woman's Day shares story of Christian woman who learned to support trans son

In its October 2014 issue, the magazine Woman's Day strayed outside its usual comfort zone with an article about a Christian mother learning to accept and support her transgender son. In The Son God Gave Me, Gina Kentopp tells Barry Yeoman about her coming to terms with her son's identity and the process of its formation and the changes she had to go through herself.

 

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When my second child, Kyle, was born in 1994, and the nurse told me I had given birth to a daughter, I was thrilled. I already had a son, Alex, and now, I thought, a baby girl. During the first year of Kyle's life, I dressed him in every frilly outfit I could.

I use the pronoun "he" when talking about Kyle, because I now understand that he has always been male—his inner soul, when he was born, didn't match his body.

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The Breakfast Club (The Witch's New Year)

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Gender Prison: Annie Lennox on feminism, gay and transgender

 photo Annie-Lennox_zps6304e59e.jpgAnnie Lennox has been interviewed several times lately and expressed some ideas worth noting.

We’re coming to a place where [feminism] needs to be inclusive.

I think the LGBTQ community are a part of that movement and we’re all sort of connected on this particular level and it’s very exciting – watch that space.

I am so happy to see now that transgender women and men are able to come out of the shadows finally and say ‘Look we’re here. Why do we need to pretend we don’t exist?

It’s a very interesting time.

--Lennox

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The Breakfast Club (No Pain Inside)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and
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