Sunday, August 12, 2012

A New Era for Trans Health

While the economy is -- and certainly will remain -- the main issue discussion of the nation, transgender people got a long-awaited step up in health care equality through the new universal health care law (Affordable Health Care Act) authored by the Obama administration.

They (the administration) were sensative to sex desrimination in the new health law, but a coalition of LGBTgroups were conserned about protections for transpersons.

In response to a letter the coalition sent to the HHS (Department of Health and Human Services), Mr. Rodrequez clarified that "descrimination based on gender or failure to conform to sterotypical notion of masculinity or femininity in ACA-related programs, would be deemed illegal."

And why shouldn't transgender people have access to affortable health-care? Are we not citizens?

The additional, less visible benefit to this new anti-descrimination, is that as a group of people we've gained another baby step on the long path of equality; one more inch further out of the dark shadow we've had to endure for so long.

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