Ongoing on Twitter right now, people are tweeting their negative experiences with doctors and other “authorities” in the medical profession when it comes to transgender issues.
There is a LOT of this.
Everyone should go read up on this because it is a HUGE deal. Trans people seeking treatment do so because they NEED that treatment, and having it denied, or being HUMILIATED and de-humanized while seeking or receiving treatment takes a very large toll on our psyches. The psyches of a group of people with a 50% attempted suicide rate, and who are several orders of magnitude likelier to be killed than the average person. And no, it’s not getting better, because the homicide rate for transgender individuals increased by 20% last year.
Stop the earth I want to get off.
I’m kinda always surprised when cis people are surprised by this stuff. It’s probably rarer to find trans people who don’t have horror stories about medical care, and a couple of the absolute most traumatic experiences I’ve had in my life (and I’ve had plenty) have been at the hands of people who were supposed to be looking after my health.
The first gatekeeper I went to reportedly resigned before being struck off, and only because she fucked up too many cis people who transitioned back. Her successor, Fintan Harte, treats trans people far worse. That man is fucking evil, and if he was in just about any other field, I think he’d be really struggling to stay on the medical register. But, when trans people are concerned, cis people still laud him as a fucking expert on us.
And this is not getting into the creepy, gropey endocrinologist thing, which seems to be so common that it’s almost a grotesque in-joke in some of my trans circles. But again, what can you do?
So this-all begs a question:
Why are those of us who speak up still treated as pariahs by the rest of the “trans community”? Why has pointing out the shitty, sorry state of health care if you’re a trans woman in my specific city gotten me shouted down? Why am i told it must be because i’m ugly, because i’m a man, or because i “just don’t know how to behave?”
Because, let’s face it, i’m not a pretty girl or anything, but the cissies don’t call me a man. In fact, two groups of people call me a man: TERFs and transfundamentalists. That’s all, y’all. Even doctors don’t do it…they at least keep their transphobia professional whilst bumrushing you out and muttering that “someone else deals with that.”
I’m just waiting to find out who that someone else is, since nobody seems to think i deserve to know.
Yes, doctors need to be accountable. Cissexism is still the problem, i’m not moving the goalposts here. But we have to stop being complicit with cissexists by keeping wraps on safer doctors, and shit like this is a fine, fine example. We can’t make our lives better if we’re pathologically divided.
Yes, everything Erica said. Also: this stuff reminds me of the humiliation and degendering I was subjected to, just for trying to exercise my reproductive rights. I just wanted to switch to a different birth control method, it was a routine thing that cis women do all the time. Ugh.