The New York Post’s latest headline fail: This one’s transphobic!

I am so over the New York Post. Here’s the latest headline from the newspaper that always sucks:

Headline reads Let taxpayers foot sex-op bill: panel

Of course the article itself is a gem, too: the first sentence is “From same-sex marriage to sex-change surgery!” First they let the gay people marry, then they let the trans people have health care! It’s the downfall of society! Or ya know, the provision of basic rights. Whatever.

While we know abortion is explicitly excluded from coverage under federal Medicaid funds, transgender health care, especially surgery, is implicitly excluded. New York state covering sexual reassignment surgery would be an incredible boon in the lives of many trans folks. It would also be the right thing to do, offering Medicaid coverage for another medically necessary procedure (and, as a court recently pounted out, certainly not the most expensive medically necessary operation out there, either, not that it should matter). Not some over-priced, unnecessary cosmetic surgery that taxpayers will suddenly go broke paying for, as the NY Post would prefer you to think.

I don’t know that there’s even a point in contacting the Post – the best action would probably be to not buy their paper. But here’s the office number anyway: (212) 930-8000.

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2 Comments

  1. Posted September 29, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    There’s got to be more awareness and education of trans issues and trans concerns. When I can draw transphobic comments because of drugs prescribed to me properly by a specialist, treating an largely unrelated condition, imagine what somehow who is undergoing transition goes through.

  2. Posted September 30, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    I really wish this comment moderation stuff happened more quickly.

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