Sunday, September 09, 2012
According To Medical Experts, SRS Is Medically Necessary
I was in agreement with her on the funding issue until she used the Kosilek case as an example in her mind of 'wasteful taxpayer spending' and compounded it by saying that SRS was medically unnecessary surgery.
Um, flag on the play. Did I call her on it? You betcha. And when I saw the same BS in a Clutch magazine article and transphobia creeping into the comment sections, called them out, too.
According to the American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association, World Professional Organization for Transgender Health, several professional organizations in the fields of medicine, mental health and social work and surprise, surprise insurance companies such as Aetna, hormone replacement therapy and sex reassignment surgery are medically necessary
The decision in terms of whether we need SRS or not is up to the individual transperson, and in some cases our medical histories will dictate whether we can have it or not, but medical people who treat gender identity issues are increasingly coming to the consensus opinion that gender reassignment surgery is not a frivolous or cosmetic procedure, but a medically necessary one..