Imagine for a moment that the day you born your religion, political party affiliation, and occupation were chosen for you. It was official. You could not change what had been entered into those fields on your birth certificate. You were designated a Roman Catholic, Democrat, Farmer. Your destiny and life had been chosen. The government would only recognize what was entered on the birth certificate.
I cannot vouch for the veracity of the image or its location in a public park. But the comments from individuals on Nextdoor were interesting because of how they broke along gender lines. Most women who commented were shocked and saddened at the noose display. Men who commented were generally dismissive and sarcastic in their replies.
As a Certified Insurance Agent for Covered California I am scrupulous when it comes to reading each question on the application for health insurance exactly as written, except when the Covered California application asks for the sex of the applicant. Instead, I ask for the person’s or dependent’s gender. Covered California should stop asking about a person’s sex and allow them to specify a gender.
Anthem Blue Cross California has released information regarding the coverage of medically necessary procedures to treat gender identity disorder, commonly referred to as a person being transgender. Effective immediately, all new and grandfathered plans will cover surgeries, hormone therapy and counseling associated with transitioning from the birth sex to the sex the individual identifies with.
What you see is what you get: an intensely caring and organized operation is dedicated to supporting the fragile psyche that inhabits all of us.
There will be upward pressure on health insurance premiums where states have not moved to include the EHBs and remove gender discrimination.
Fortunately for the transgender population in Sacramento, the Gender Health Center (GHC) is a great resource for counseling and support.