This week read about Colorado giving transgender people better health care, and a high school forced to remove Pride and Black Lives Matter posters in Wisconsin.
Colorado Mandates Health Services for Trans People
Colorado is the first state in the country to classify transition-related care as essential healthcare. With the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approval, gender-affirming care in the individual and small group health insurance markets is now required, the Los Angeles Blade reported.
“Health care should be in reach for everyone; by guaranteeing transgender individuals can access recommended care, we’re one step closer to making this a reality,” Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra said.
Axios noted that coverage for hormone therapy and genital reconstruction surgery is limited and won’t come into effect until 2023.
The new rule only applies to certain insurance policies, meaning the rule will cover about 9% of the state’s population.
Rep. Brianna Titone, Colorado's first elected openly transgender lawmaker, said the provided services "are critical for the health and safety of LGBTQ+ communities and will provide more Coloradans with the agency they need to affirm their identities."
The new plan will also require plans to cover procedures for transgender patients such as facial bone remodeling for facial feminization, eye and lid modifications, face tightening, laser hair removal, and breast/chest construction and reductions.
High School Forced to Remove Pride, ‘Safe Space’ Posters
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Over the summer, Wisconsin’s Waukesha Superintendent James Sebert ended staff diversity training and suspended the district’s equity leadership team. He ordered that Black Lives Matter, as well as Thin Blue Line signs, be removed. All signs showing support to the LGBT community had to also be removed.
Rainbow signs recommended by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction that read, “Safe Place” also were forcibly removed, the Wisconsin Examiner reported.
While other student organizations could use colorful posters, the gay-straight alliance club was only allowed to display black and white signs.
The authority to ban political signage in schools typically pertains to the promotion of political candidates or parties. Superintendent Sebert has extended this to other issues such as the LGBT community.
On Oct. 14, 30 speakers stated their objections to Sebert’s sign policy at the school board meeting. There is also a petition against his policy with the goal of 5,000 signatures.
“When you start taking down those signs of support, you basically disappear that community. Somebody is okay to bully, okay to intimidate,” said David Simmons, a speaker at the school board meeting.