Transgender people are facing mixed social support and pressure by the end of May 2019. In recent days, the U.S. government proposed repealing the "regulation scareagaining transgender people", which, if successful, would allow hospitals to deny transgender people sex reassignment surgery. At the same time, the International Health Organization (WHO) announced that transgender people will no longer be considered "mentally ill." This week's Gender Watch takes you to international opinions about the transgender community.
In recent days, the U.S. government proposed repealing the "regulation scareagaining transgender people", which, if successful, would allow hospitals to deny transgender people sex reassignment surgery. At the same time, the International Health Organization (WHO) announced that transgender people will no longer be considered "mentally ill."
For transgender people, there's no doubt that this week's Gender Watch, a mixed-race current affairs news, takes you to see why the Trump administration wants to repeal health care for transgender people. What does the WHO mean by de-de-sinizing transgender people?
Trump: Health care protections for transgender people will be revoked
On May 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services formally proposed repealing a "civil rights provision" from the Affordable Care Act. It is seen as a reversal of the policies of the Obama administration under the Trump administration.
The Civil Rights Clause is one of the statutes proposed by Obama during his presidency, which states that organizations such as medical units, insurance companies, etc. may not discriminate or deny medical treatment to patients on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, etc. Even more so-called "gender identity" is defined as "a person's inner gender perception", so that a person's gender identity may be different from the sex at birth, self-gender identity can be "male, female, or both".
The legislation is a direct guarantee of the health rights of transgender people, who will no longer be excluded from the service of their clients because of their gender identity.
But the Trump administration believes the law's interpretation of gender identity is too lenient and prone to major confusion and unreasonable burdens, and the proposal wants to repeal it. If the proposal fails the protection order, health care providers may be able to refuse to perform sex-change surgery on patients in the future, and insurers will no longer have to be obligated to provide all protections for transgender communities. The adoption of the proposal will undoubtedly be a major crackdown on the transgender community and discrimination.
According to the New York Times, David Stacy, director of government affairs for Human Rights Front, a longtime nonprofit that focuses on LGBTQ rights, said in a statement that the Trump administration's new proposal would put the LGBTQ-plus community in a more dangerous position. Gender identity alone deprives sexual minorities of their right to health care.
WHO: Transgender is not a disease
On May 26, 2019, two days after the Trump administration proposed repealing the civil rights provisions, members of the World Health Organization (WHO) jointly decided at the annual meeting to "remove transgender people from the list of mental symptoms" and to rename gender unrest (gender cognitive impairment) as "the Gender inconsistency" and removed two gender identities that were previously considered diseases, one of which will be removed from the mental illness list.
To this end, WHO officials say, the International Classification of Diseases list was revised to give effect to the equal rights of all human beings, and that transgender people should also enjoy basic human rights after surgery and be protected from others. (Recommended reading: Gender Dictionary , International Gender Day: Transgender, Not Mental Illness)
Twenty-nine years later, the WHO has again revised the International Classification of Diseases, ostensibly to protect the rights of minority groups, and has become the driving force behind the continued progress and progress of human rights. National policies followed by the pre-empting sexual minorities in the country, which would undoubtedly create a more equitable and friendly social and gender environment.
What does U.S. policy mean by the opposite of the world' trend?
While the United States is proposing to exclude transgender people from the health care and insurance system, the World Health Organization has instead decriminalized transgender people. Clearly, this represents the same consensus on gender issues and on the idea of equality for all, and we can start with the reasons why the Trump administration wants to eliminate transgender protections.
The Trump administration considers the legislation "easy to cause significant confusion and unreasonable burdens," but what is the confusion? Is it impossible for people to "tell" whether the person in front of them is male or female, so they feel confused? Or are transgender people asking for surgery that is the opposite of their biological sex, confusing health care providers?
We all want society to get better and better, and we all recognize and believe in the values of freedom and inclusion. But can we also accommodate diverse gender groups and give people the opportunity to be free to be what we want? Gender flows that have never been seen before may, as more liberal ideas advance, can indeed be confusing and even more confusing. But if we refuse or exclude the equal rights that human beings should have because of confusion or trouble, will they deviate from the value of freedom? Multiple gender flow imagination, he has been simple.
Halfway through 2019, Taiwan opened same-sex marriage registration, many U.S. states passed abortion laws, the Philippine president repeatedly made hate speeches, many gender issues are constantly being discussed and seen, and every time we see the article or speech, "We're going to have a long way to go on the path of gender equality." I'd like to think, how long is it going to take? How much more effort is there to do? (Recommended reading: Transgender voice: no gender reset surgery is required to fight for identity)
When the Government deprives people of their basic rights on grounds such as public power or "convenience of doing things", we must see and ask, what kind of society do we want to create together?
I want to be a free society that is as equal, respectful and inclusive as possible, while keeping people as open as possible.