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Be Good or You WILL BE Degraded, TRANNY!

Sometimes the intersection of two seemingly unconnected stories come together to show how little respect for trans people there is and how transition/surgery are treated as luxuries, not medically necessary.

Many people will argue that transgender prisoners do not “deserve” treatment for GID in prison.  That argument is based on the thought that transition is a luxury and not medically needed.

Some media outlets may think that they only have to follow the AP stylebook when they address transgender people in a good or neutral light.  The Philadelphia Inquirer recently posted this:

“A Southwest Philadelphia man who police say is a transgender prostitute was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on murder and arson charges in the Oct. 30 death of a man at the Omni Hotel in Old City.”

Apparently it’s appropriate to punish misbehaving trans people with inhumane treatment when they do wrong. That’s exactly what’s both actions suggest. That trans people only deserve human dignity/humane health care when they are good. At least that’s what I’m hearing….

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Marti Abernathey is the founder of the Transadvocate and the previous managing editor. Abernathey has worn many different hats, including that of podcaster, activist, and radiologic technologist. She's been a part of various internet radio ventures such as TSR Live!, The T-Party, and The Radical Trannies, TransFM, and Sodium Pentathol Sunday. As an advocate she's previously been involved with the Indiana Transgender Rights Advocacy Alliance, Rock Indiana Campaign for Equality, and the National Transgender Advocacy Coalition. She's taken vital roles as a grass roots community organizer in The Indianapolis Tax Day Protest (2003), The Indy Pride HRC Protest (2004), Transgender Day of Remembrance (2004), Indiana's Witch Hunt (2005), and the Rally At The Statehouse (the largest ever GLBT protest in Indiana - 3/2005). In 2008 she was a delegate from Indiana to the Democratic National Convention and a member of Barack Obama's LGBT Steering and Policy Committee. Abernathey currently hosts the Youtube Channel "The T-Party with Marti Abernathey."


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