Not an experiment

One of the lies genital-obsessed weirdos like to push is that trans-related healthcare is new and experimental, so much so that it must be heavily regulated or better still, banned altogether. But trans healthcare is old. Puberty blockers have been prescribed for four decades, and trans surgeries have been performed since the 1910s.

This BBC report suggests it’s even older than that, going back thousands of years. But while that claim is a bit of a stretch the article does make the important point that while there is a real problem with trans healthcare, it’s not the one the weirdos claim: it’s that trans people have to battle to get even basic healthcare and in some cases are simply refused it. The article was written before the current anti-trans moral panic really kicked into gear and made trans healthcare even harder to access.

This piece, by Julia Serano, is an excellent round-up of trans healthcare from over 100 years ago to the present day. It’s not an entirely happy history:

Throughout the mid-twentieth century… skeptical doctors subjected trans people to all sorts of alternate treatments — from perpetual psychoanalysis, to aversion and electroshock therapies, to administering assigned-sex-consistent hormones (e.g., testosterone for trans female/feminine people), and so on — but none of them worked. The only treatment that reliably allowed trans people to live happy and healthy lives was allowing them to transition.

Not only does transition work, but it works very effectively: the surgical regret rate for gender-affirming surgery is lower than 2%, a regret rate that’s much lower than the regret rate for pretty much every other form of surgery.

Trans healthcare isn’t dangerous. But restricting or removing our access to it is harmful and for some of us, even fatal. The UK puberty blocker ban has been implicated in at least 16 deaths so far; we have no idea how many other people have taken their lives while languishing on waiting lists that in some parts of the UK are now decades long.

The misinformation and disinformation around trans healthcare is harmful and just adds to the difficulties we experience in a system that is even more broken for trans people than it is for everyone else even once we get past the horrendous waiting lists. I’ve just experienced an exceptionally difficult and unpleasant few weeks due to a bureaucratic mess that has stopped my healthcare completely for more than a month. The problem still hasn’t been resolved – I’m now into the sixth week of trying to get my usual healthcare restored and I’ve had to pay for private care in the interim – but if I were cis, it’d have been sorted out in a single day.