"If you didn’t want to lose out on healthcare, you should have stayed in the closet"

Even from healthcare professionals, there is the belief that if I die of cervical cancer, it will be my own fault for transitioning. I ‘chose’ to give up access to screening programmes. I live with the knowledge that my life is worth less than the effort of administrative change.


To add a ‘does the patient have a cervix’ checkbox to medical files regardless of gender would not be difficult, but no one in power is willing to make that effort. Any small attempts at placing our lives as equally valuable to cis women receives such a pushback, and every time it’s the same message: it’s your own fault for being trans. If you didn’t want to lose out on healthcare, you should have stayed in the closet. You shouldn’t exist at all.


By Tristan

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