How do you describe your identity? Please describe your coming out experience. Where did you find support? What challenges did you face? My first memory of wishing I had been born a girl was when I was around 5 years old. Later that day, I was forced into a situation where my parents discovered what I had done and my depression-era father, through the use of a leather belt, made sure I understood that my behavior was unacceptable.
When is the last time you went to the doctor for a minor ailment and were told "I'm sorry, I don't know how to treat you," or "We don't treat 'people like you' here. I mean, what doctor in their right mind would treat a patient so badly, or not treat them at all? Well, the truth is that it does happen, but generally only to those people who identify as transgender or gender non-conforming. Transgender people have been making the news a lot more in recent years, but most of the buzz has been around bathroom usage instead of real problems like equal access to employment, to housing, and to culturally competent medical care.
Many of the attacks against Pennsylvania's health secretary have little to do with the way she has handled the statewide response to the coronavirus pandemic. As a transgender woman, Dr. Rachel Levine has been subjected to a stream of mockery and abuse on social media and elsewhere.
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