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People don’t know

I was part of a discussion earlier this week centering on oppression in general and intersection in particular. I brought up classism within the trans community, with the specific example of how many things seemed to focus on transitioned or transitioning people when medical procedures are expensive and not covered by insurance. One person in the discussion replied by saying “oh yeah, that’s interesting. You don’t really think about that sort of thing.” My first reaction (internally, of course) was along the lines of “lol wut?” You don’t?

I realize that not everyone has looked up prices of procedures, researched any of the insurance crap, or necessarily done the amount of digging into the subject as I and other trans people have. But seriously? Medical procedures = expensive = intersection with classism is a pretty simple equation. This particular group is in full support of universal healthcare, generally opposes classism, and had previously in the discussion mentioned poverty amongst POC and other oppressed groups. It surprises me that the fact that there are trans people too poor to transition was surprising (I apologize for that difficult to parse sentence).

My active search for trans information and communities has blinded me a little to how terrible trans visibility is overall. I know it was bad, but I didn’t realize that basic information like this was new and surprising to some people. I see this as evidence that we need to be louder, as a community, and specifically that I, as an out and would-be trans activist, need to be louder. Because this information isn’t even getting to people who would be receptive to it.

  1. November 8, 2010 at 18:16

    and yet most of the post corrected women I know are as poor as church mice and we managed to do it anyway.

    SRS still costs about the same as a decent new car, I see lots and lots of new cars in the ghetto.

    • November 10, 2010 at 17:10

      I was making a bit of a generalization. Yes, plenty of non-rich trans people manage to transition. But lots can’t. And I’m not sure what ghetto you’re living in that people have such nice new cars all over the place, but you seem to be implying that people who don’t have the means to get what they need make their own conditions by buying things they don’t need. Granted, I’ve known people like that, but honestly I think you’re overgeneralizing with that. There are people who can barely afford to feed themselves, those people aren’t going to be saving up for hormones or visiting therapists (or getting any sort of medical help, transition-related or not).

  1. November 7, 2010 at 23:20

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