Starbucks, mother of frappuccinos and wielder of pumpkin spice, has announced that it will cover all transgender-related surgeries for its employees.
In addition to bottom surgery, which the coffee company has covered since 2012, Starbucks will now foot the bill for additional surgeries like top surgery, hair removal, hair transplates, and facial feminization surgery. These more comprehensive surgeries are usually deemed cosmetic by insurers and thus aren’t normally covered in insurance plans. But not with the Siren, honey. She got you!
The coffee company partnered with the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) in order to determine exactly which surgeries were the most helpful to their transgender employees. It was the first company in the world to do so. Jamison Green, the former president of WPATH, worked with Starbucks as a rep for the health company. “Starbucks was not afraid to ask all the right questions and demand that people get the best possible care,” he said.
“I view this as a diagnosis with a treatment path,” said Ron Crawford, vice president of benefits at Starbucks, saying the improved coverage was simply the right thing to do. “You have to think of it from an equity perspective.”
This policy makes Starbucks the world leader in comprehensive trans healthcare.
Hmm… something’s going on in June, right? Anyone? How about you over there?
Nope, seems nothing’s happening in June worth acknowledging.
Not only did the Hobbit Troll refuse to back down from his royal Twitter decree that trans folks will no longer be allowed to serve in the military, this afternoon he formalized the discrimination by signing a directive barring them from joining the armed forces forthwith. However,
[It] gives Defense Secretary Jim Mattis wide discretion in determining whether those already in the armed forces can continue to serve.
The criteria Mattis will use to determine a trans individual’s worth is unclear. What is clear: however one may feel about militarism, the exclusionary policy is a shocking blow to LGBTIQ rights in America. It’s a situation that requires a focused and immediate response from The Resistance.
Which is why almost immediately after the news broke, Trump pardoned that lifelike facsimile of a human being, Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
President Trump on Friday pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff whose aggressive efforts to hunt down and detain undocumented immigrants made him a national symbol of the divisive politics of immigration and earned him a criminal contempt conviction.
In a two-paragraph statement, the White House said that with Mr. Arpaio’s years of “admirable service to our nation, he is worthy candidate for a presidential pardon.”
The effect of the pardon is twofold. Opponents of Trump are forced to figure out where to pool their resources. Do they direct their outrage to the directive, the pardon or both? Will railing against one steal oxygen from the other? Will stridently objecting to the directive and the pardon mute their impact on both issues?
And of course, both actions are gift-wrapped presents for the president’s “deplorable” base. Since they’re the only ones who seem to want to keep that awful boor around, when they’re happy, he’s happy.
Much to the shock and horror of the trans community, the current administration made the shitty-as-fuck announcement that trans men and women are now banned from military service. President Strange-Cross-Between-A-Troll-from-the-Animated-Hobbit-Film-and-a-Disguise-a-Wayans-Brother-Might-Wear-in-a-Movie literally tweeted that the U.S. Government “…will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.”
What year is this? What in the tragic foreshadowing fucking year is this?
His major reason for the decision was the cost of medically supporting these individuals. In his ambush of tweets this morning he said that the military needed to focus more on winning that be “burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.”
The Lord of Oranges is modeling both a full re-enactment of the prologue of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and a sentence containing his favorite word. I’d wager that there was never a time in the history of the United States when its people weren’t more self-conscious of the word “tremendous.”
Joshua Block, a senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT & HIV Project said, “The thousands of transgender service members serving on the front lines for this country deserve better than a commander in chief who rejects their basic humanity.”
It also bears pointing out that “total military spending on erectile dysfunction medicines amounts to $84 million annually” while “typical health care costs for gender transition-related medical treatment… would cost the military between $2.4 million and $8.4 million annually.”
While it’s clear that the current administration is busy with dealing with the many consequences of their actions (one of them possibly being a big consequence that rhymes with “Scriminal Dinvestigation”), they may not be prepared for the backlash of opposition on this issue. LGBT groups have been uniting in protest since January, and as long as groups have the constitutional right to an assembly, there will be some heavy assemblage on this issue as well. It’s a date, Hobbit Troll.
This past weekend saw numerous marches across the country. During Pride Month, the multi-faceted face of the LGBT community and their allies has come out in droves to spread a message of strength and a declaration of unity.
The marches – not all pride weekend parades – sent a message to the current administration on its first year: Don’t bother coming for us, because already see what you are doing, and we’re not in the mood to be messed with this time around.
Some members of the LGBT community have a problem with the marches: specifically, the members that support that 45 guy. They love the rainbow, but don’t love its seeming partisanship.
As an LGBT 45-Noper that has a platform that may or may not only be read by my family and close friends (Also my husband as soon as he returns from catching that Ampharos) let me acknowledge that Republicanism is not bad. Conservatism is not bad. However, that’s not what the marches were protesting.
The LGBT community was letting the world know that we see the actions of the administration. We marched to oppose the administration because its views don’t line up with ours, not because they were the wrong party. We were calling out to the world that we would be ready to defend ourselves and all members of the community if the need arose, and as they are arising.
When my husband and I were marching this weekend with that amazing crowd, the energy wasn’t hateful. It was formidable. We’re here, we’re queer, and other stuff!