The Transing of Health

     A group of lunatics called the Edinburgh Action for Trans Health decided to post a “Trans Health Manifest” on, of course, Tumblr.

“Following the centuries-long repression of trans lives at the hands of the state, the next stage in the UK government’s war of bureaucratic attrition is the recent publication of an NHS consultation that fails in every possible capacity, and a survey that gathers less data than we’ve already presented them. We call upon everyone fighting for the health of trans people to boycott this consultation & the survey, and reject its procedures & results in full. We encourage hostile participation in the form of direct submissions of demands that don’t react to the questions posed or restrict themselves to the scope imposed by the government.

“We wholly reject the NHS’s attempt to codify the abuse, torment & traumatisation of trans people under the guise of ‘healthcare’. We demand accountability for the historic & present abuse of power that the NHS has encouraged glorified psychiatrists to carry out. You do not own our bodies, you cannot control our lives, and you will not prevent our needs being met. We will not tolerate compromise.

“The following living document is our vision for trans futures. We do not consider that our work will ever be complete, there will always be greater things on the horizon. As such, this manifesto is not final, but an open draft which will evolve as we do. This is our call to action. We will fight anyone who stands in the way of universal liberation. This is war, and we will win.”

     Pro-tip: The NHS has already codified abuse, torment, and traumatization of patients in general regardless of their gender identity.

     The entire screed is worth a combined cringe/laugh, but here is a summary of their demands:

  • We demand nothing less than the total abolition of the clinic, of psychiatry, and of the medical-industrial complex. We demand an end to capitalist & colonialist “medicine”.

  • We demand hormones & blockers are made available over-the-counter and by free prescription

  • We demand that all therapies that can be are made available at drop-ins, with self-referral for any therapy or procedure for which drop-in is unsuitable.

  • We demand anonymous blood tests, both postal & at drop-in endocrinology clinics

  • We demand the freedom to alter our bodies without justification. We demand an end to all surgical prerequisites

  • We demand that these surgeries can be highly customised

  • We demand the right to multiple surgeries, including reversal

  • We demand the free & timely provision [of] … any other possible procedure

  • We demand resources for hair removal

  • We demand access to counselling & and any other therapies

  • We demand the revocation of medical licenses from all gender clinic doctors & nurses

  • We demand the power to hold abusers of medical & administrative power accountable

  • We demand medical training

  • We demand research centres & libraries of knowledge

  • We demand full funding

  • We demand mandatory education, written & taught entirely by trans people, at all educational stages

  • We demand material reparations

  • We demand an end to birth certificates and to legal gender.

  • We demand good quality, accessible & safe homes for all

  • We demand that trans people are immediately freed from police, military & government contracts

  • We demand amnesty, recourse to public funds and indefinite right to remain … No one is illegal.

  • We demand immediate release & pardon for all trans prisoners.

     In summary, these people want to impose their “identity” and lifestyle on others, punish those who didn’t go along, and make everyone pay and subsidize their proselytization.

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