Most of us trans guys and gals have experienced discrimination within the healthcare system. I would like to start a collection of very brief accounts of trans people being turned away from care. For example, a provider not feeling comfortable prescribing hormones and telling you to find another doctor, or an OBGYN not accepting a transman as a patient, etc. A few sentences describing what happened, followed by a few sentences about how it impacted you. How did it make you feel? Did you feel alone, upset, rejected? What were the consequences of their decision to turn you away? Did you avoid going to the doctor in the future? Did you have adverse health issues due to not receiving care? Did you get hormones on the black market?
The goal of this is to share with the medical community the great harm that they are doing by refusing us care, even when their intentions are good (i.e. I’m not qualified, you should seek someone better).
Please use hashtag: #dontturnmeaway and share your story.
On nights like tonight I find myself in need of something to soothe my soul and relax my school-battered brain. My most recent favorite is Chad Lawson’s “The Chopin Variations.” Chopin has always been my favorite of the classical composers, but I tend to seek out piano music that’s more… intimate. Simple, not busy. Complex, but not crowded by unnecessary sounds. This pianist I think does an excellent job of distilling the work of a master into something more pure than the original, where the technicality of perfectly timed notes has been replaced with pauses that leave time for the emotion of the music to settle into you. All I need now is the time to actually play instead of just listening :-)
My friend Ryan and I camped our way across 8 states this summer. Hiking, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, swimming, etc - It was awesome. The first couple of states were less exciting, but it gets more interesting as it goes along :-)
Yesterday was my 8 year T-birthday, I spent it exploring old mining towns in the Colorado mountains. These last 8 years have been a wild ride - I have come so far and learned some much. Here’s to another year of living authentically!
Today on the Diane Rehm show: Aidan Key and Mara Keisling to be interviewed. If you miss the live show check out the podcast. Show your support for news organizations bringing up these important issues and making them visible to the world.
The 2016 World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Symposium in Amsterdam, Netherlands. I very much hope to attend, time to start setting aside some money every month! Who’s with me?
This weekend I stayed with my friend Ryan up in Omaha - what a fantastic change of scenery from the lab! We went on a beautiful hike, had a delicious BBQ, and went for a refreshing and somewhat comical swim. My best mid-west weekend of the trip :-)