More anseriform foolishness than is absolutely necessary.

1. Through a unique sponsorship opportunity, I am eligible for a free gym membership.
2. Said gym has a big ass swimming pool.
3. To swim in said pool, one needs to use an appropriate locker room.
4. My Arabic is pretty awful, but I’m pretty sure I just overheard a couple of my Eritrea n neighbors complaining about the weather. (The thermometer in our sunny window reads 106).

What’s a be-penised lady to do? Decisions, decisions.

[Trigger warning for transphobia, self-harm, cutting, self-castration, and prisoner abuse]

I’ve been spending a good deal of time thinking about the intersection of trans*ness, gender, class, race, and healthcare lately. It’s an occupational requirement, I suppose.

Anyhow, I came across [TW] this story, and all I can say is that I was utterly unsurprised. Hey look, it’s Tuesday!

That’s pretty much the most damning indictment of this country’s treatment of trans* people that I can think of.

So:
1) A trans* woman of color does not have access to adequate healthcare.
2) At a very young age she begins stealing, in hopes of securing healthcare.
3) She is subsequently arrested, and locked up in a men’s prison for a long, long time.
4) She is not allowed to grow her hair out.
5) She is not allowed to have SRS/GRS.

Ophelia De’lonta, the woman in question, is now suing the state of Virginia.

And we have:

Republican Virginia Del. Todd Gilbert says he would seek state legislation if De’lonta’s lawsuit is successful.

“The notion that taxpayers are going to fund a sex change is just ridiculous,” says Gilbert.

No. You sir are ridiculous.

…and

Harold Clarke, who became Virginia’s corrections director last year, says it would be a security risk to allow the surgeries because Virginia’s inmates are housed according to their gender at birth, not anatomy.

Oh! If only there were a solution to this dilemma. (I have a solution to this dilemma.)

The article itself is pretty sorry. I definitely award bonus points for framing Ms. De’lonta’s cutting as central to the issue. If there’s one thing I’ve seen over and over and over again, it’s people (trans and cis alike) framing self-harm as a central reason why trans* people should have access to medical care. False. Our shared humanity is reason enough.

Via