Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.
The focus this time: Welcome to the Hotel Transgender ♪ You can check out anytime you like, but you can never leave ♫…
First, a little mood music:
Oregon will fully support your right to mutilate your body to look like the opposite sex in order to fit your “gender identity”. But what if you want to de-transition and get reconstructive surgery? Too late sucker!
“A bill in Oregon explicitly would require Oregon health-insurance plans to pay for gender-transition medical interventions — including cosmetic procedures such as electrolysis and facial feminization surgery — while not concomitantly requiring equivalent coverage for detransition care. From HB 2002 (my emphasis):
(b) “Gender-affirming treatment” means a procedure, service, drug, device or product that a physical or behavioral health care provider prescribes to treat an individual for incongruence between the individual’s gender identity and the individual’s sex assignment at birth.
(c) “Health benefit plan” has the meaning given that term in ORS 743B.005 [meaning, a licensed insurance company, a health care contractor, an HMO, or an association of employers].
“Detransitioners are seeking care to restore congruence with their born sex. That’s apparently a distinction that makes a big difference in terms of the proposal.
“Republican representative Ed Diehl thought the same thing. So, he filed an amendment to provide equal coverage for medical services for detransitioners and transitioners alike. Democrats rejected it out of hand. Diehl told me in an email:
I introduced a -11 Amendment to House Bill 2002. It would have mandated insurance coverage for detransition treatments, similar to how the base bill covers “gender-affirming treatment”. The amendment was flatly rejected by the Democrats. They called the amendment “controversial”.
In contrast, Belgium lets you change your gender identity over and over again…
“The Belgium supreme court previously ruled that requiring people to identify as male or female violated the equality of people who don’t see themselves as exclusively either. So, a new law will be passed allowing ongoing fluidity of gender identity which will be officially recognized by submitting a simple form. From the Sudinfo story (Google translation):
The principle of irrevocability as well as the procedure before the family court are abolished, announced the Minister of Justice Vincent Van Quickenborne in a press release. . . . This means that people will be allowed to change their gender and first name several times.
Similarly, the procedure before the family court will also be abolished. It will therefore always be possible to change the sex registration or first name with the registrar, following the same simple procedure as for the first change . . .
“It is important that the rights of transgender people are respected and that they can change their sex registration based on their gender identity, without unnecessary or nit-picking procedures. The Constitutional Court has rightly pointed out that the original law is insufficient in this area. We now want to remedy this situation with this bill, so that transgender people are recognized for who they are,” the minister said.
“Apparently, even if ‘who they are’ continually shifts.”
But whatever happens, in California teachers are required to lie about what the schools are doing to your children.
“Two California middle school teachers filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against school district administrators and the California State Board of Education over policies they allege required them to deceive parents about their children’s gender identity.
“Elizabeth Mirabelli and Lori Ann West, both of whom taught for decades at Rincon Middle School in Escondido, claim the school’s policies regarding transgender or “gender diverse” students effectively forced them to validate a child’s gender identity regardless of parental consent, according to their lawsuit filed against Rincon Middle School, the Escondido Union School District (EUSD) and the California State Board of Education.
“The teachers claim they were mandated under the K-8 school district’s policies to accept a child’s transgender or gender diverse identity without hesitation and to hide it from families. They said they were instructed to use students’ preferred names and pronouns in school, but to revert to their biological pronouns and given names when speaking with their parents.”