Health Care

On the lack and/or inadequacy of medical professionals

We have an article at Stat about the shortage of medical personnel at the 30-plus gender clinics scattered across the country...pointing out the 4 month waiting list at Chicago's Lurie Children's hospital and pediatrician Dr. Johanna Olson-Kennedy at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, who is treating 500 trans youth patients by herself.

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Ban lifted in Minnesota

This past Monday Ramsey County (MN) Judge William Leary ruled that trans people on medical assistance have the right to gender transition surgeries.

Transman Evan Thomas, 64, had sued the Department of Human Services over the ban on such services that had been in place.

Thomas’ victory was the first legal challenge of the law, which the judge said was unconstitutional.

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Johns Hopkins does double reverse on transgender

Johns Hopkins Medicine became the first academic medical center to perform gender-affirming surgeries for transgender people back in 1965. But shortly after breaking ground, the center reversed course, halting the surgeries and taking a controversial stance on transgender health.

--Erin Rook, LGBTQ Nation

At the time, anti-LGBT devout Catholic Paul McHugh had control of the program.

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Pentagon refocuses on surgery for transgender troops

Two weeks after the Pentagon announced the new TriCare policy which includes coverage for counseling and hormones, but not for endocrine treatment for children or gender reassignment surgeries, and one week after Chelsea Manning was approved to seek treatment by a surgeon, the Pentagon has changed its tune:

Transgender troops on active duty may qualify for sex-reassignment surgery if their physicians deem it necessary, according to Pentagon officials.

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CDC still clueless, eliminates a letter from high school sexual minorities

New York Times Magazine has delved into the newest CDC study on the health risks of lesbian, gay and bisexual high school students. I would like to have said LGBT students, but there was apparently nowhere on the survey where a participant could identify as transgender or gender nonconforming.

It’s easy to assume that now must be a better time than ever to be a lesbian, gay or bisexual teenager. We recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. Our culture has grown more accepting, too; one of the most anticipated albums of the year, Frank Ocean’s, embraces his desire for men. These factors work together to create the illusion that as a society we are barreling toward a world of complete liberation, where everyone is truly free to be whoever they are.

--Jenna Wortham, author

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DoD announces new TriCare Transgender Policy

Military.com announced yesterday the release of a new TriCare policy which includes some coverage of treatment for transgender people. TriCare governs medical treatment for military members, their family, and retirees.

The move gives the health care system's regional contractors the go-ahead to cover some transgender care starting Oct. 6.

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