Pete Buttigieg may appear at presidential forum hosted by one of the biggest anti-LGBTQ activists

Bob Vander Plaats and Pete ButtigiegHe said that he believes Buttigieg should repent for being gay, but he also wants Buttigieg at his forum.

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Iowa Supreme Court strikes down ban on coverage for trans-related surgery

Transgender Day of Remembrance

The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday (8 March) delivered a huge victory to transgender people in the state.

In a unanimous decision, the justices found that the state’s ban on Medicaid coverage for medically necessary surgical care for trans individuals is unlawful.

They ultimately determined the ban violates the state’s gender identity protections outline in its Civil Rights Act.

The case was brought forward by EerieAnna Good and Carol Anne Beal, represented by the ACLU’s chapter in Iowa.

Both women’s medical providers determined gender confirmation surgery was necessary to treat their gender dysphoria. However, due to the state’s ban, both were denied Medicaid coverage for these services.

They both challenged this ban and eventually legal authorities consolidated them into one, Good-Beal v. Iowa Dept. of Human Services.

The state’s Department of Human Services argued that gender confirmation surgery is ‘cosmetic, reconstructive, or plastic surgery […] performed primarily for psychological purposes’.

The state Supreme Court rejected this argument and subsequently ruled the ban violated the Civil Rights Act. Both women also said the ban was constitutional, but since the justices found in favor of them with the Civil Rights Act alone, they did not rule on constitutionality.

A win that saves lives

‘The ruling means that many transgender Iowans will be able to obtain life-saving medical care that they were unable to get in the past,’ said John Knight of the ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Project.

‘Denying health care coverage to someone because they are transgender is wrong and extremely harmful.’

Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel, Executive Director of the LGBTI organization One Iowa, similarly praised the court’s decision.

‘Through our work with transgender Iowans, we have seen firsthand how powerful, life-changing, and absolutely essential gender-affirming surgery can be for transgender people grappling with gender dysphoria. This decision will, quite literally, save lives,’ he said.

‘It also sets a strong judicial precedent for protecting transgender Iowans’ civil rights in our state’s highest court.’

See also

Surgeon fired for shaping a heart out of a trans woman’s penis for Instagram

Insurance company revokes trans man’s coverage during surgery

Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren reverses trans opinion

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LGBTI groups and celebrities react to Supreme Court’s trans military ruling

Protest against trans military ban

LGBTI organizations and people across the United States are responding to the Supreme Court’s decision on Tuesday (22 January) to lift blocks on Donald Trump’s transgender military ban.

The ruling issued a stay of injuction on two lawsuits blocking the ban.

The ACLU called the decision ‘deeply upsetting’, but clarified the matter is still being decided. In their case, Stone v. Trump, they secured a ‘nationwide block’ on the ban. This case, as stated in the ACLU’s tweet, is currently before a court in Maryland.

Regardless of a final decision yet to be made on the matter, numerous organizations and figures are still condemning the Supreme Court’s initial decision.

‘Morally repugnant’

The Los Angeles LGBT Center called the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision ‘wrong-headed and morally repugnant’.

‘The attempt to deny their participation in the military is a policy “fix” in search of a problem. It has no function but to appease the President’s base and further stigmatize and harm people who have only showed the highest degree of character and patriotism. It is behavior that is the very definition of “conduct unbecoming,”‘ the statement continued.

They also warn that though the decision is not final, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority is a sign of decisions to come.

Their statement ended with a quote from Martin Luther King Jr.: ‘Just a day after we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., it is worthwhile to remember his words from Letter from Birmingham Jail: “Justice too long delayed is justice denied.” This injustice cannot and will not stand.’

A ‘slap in the face’

Executive Director Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel of One Iowa also released a statement on the matter.

‘Lifting the injunctions on this discriminatory ban – even temporarily – is a slap in the face of the brave transgender service members and veterans who have served and are serving our country. Anyone who meets military standards should be able to serve, and transgender service members seek only to be evaluated on the same standards as anyone else,’ he said.

‘This ban is based on discrimination, not facts.’

OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Andy Blevins added more comments: ‘For the past two-and-a-half years, thousands of qualified, transgender individuals have made our nation’s armed forces better, in every measurable quality, with their authentic service.

‘We look forward to continuing our representation of these proud and selfless patriots, and reminding this Administration that military policy cannot be defined by baseless and discriminatory rationalizations.’

More figures speaking out

Pose actor Indya Moore also criticized the decision on Twitter. She wrote that despite being anti-war, this has ‘nothing to do’ with her politics.

More LGBTI figures tweeted out their own thoughts and criticisms.

Other allies also tweeted about it.

See also

Trans woman sues Illinois governor’s campaign for discriminating and firing her

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gives LGBTI-inclusive speech at NYC Women’s March

Transphobic comedian’s domain name now redirects to a trans charity

Author: Anya Crittenton

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