More than 2, LGBTQ people and allies from across the nation joined HRC in responding to a request for public comments regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs' current discriminatory policy prohibiting the VA from providing gender affirming surgeries to veterans. Access to comprehensive transition related care is essential to promoting the health and well being of transgender people. The American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, American Academy of Family Physicians and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have issued public statements over the past decade that consistently conclude transition related care is both medically necessary and the appropriate treatment for gender dysphoria.
Last week, a group of 83 House members 82 Democrats and one Republican petitioned VA Secretary Robert Wilkie to make the change, calling the current department policy discriminatory and potentially harmful to the health of those veterans. Julia Brownley, D-Calif. The move came at the end of a two-month comment period on the possible policy change.
However, the administration of President Donald Trump has signaled its interest in reinstating a ban on transgender military service. This study used population-level data for —16 from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to compare the health of transgender and cisgender veterans and civilians. An estimated 0.
Transgender veterans can currently get treatment at the Department of Veterans Affairs before and after gender reassignment surgery, but by department policy, they can't get the surgery itself. Just before a public comment period ended Sept. Julia Brownley, D-California, who headlined the group of lawmakers signing on to the letter, said in a statement that the VA's ban on gender reassignment surgery "is not only discriminatory on its face, it also puts the health and well-being of transgender veterans at risk. However, President Donald Trump's stance against transgender individuals serving in the military appears to make any move to lift the ban unlikely.
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The Department of Veterans Affairs allows treatment of transgender veterans before and after surgery, but the agency is not presently conducting the surgeries itself. But lawmakers, mainly Democrats, are now asking the agency to consider providing the surgeries. The single exception is sex reassignment surgery.
The move would remove a long-held ban on the surgery and likely provide another cultural point of controversy in the wake of federal rules, issued last month, that mandate public schools allow transgender students to use the bathroom of the gender they choose. Advocates hailed the move as both an important step forward for equality and a signal that the department is committed to offering the best available health care to all veterans. Sign up for the Early Bird Brief - a daily roundup of military and defense news stories from around the globe.
For over 40 years, Swords to Plowshares has provided community-based, wrap-around services to homeless and low-income veterans in our community and advocated for improved care and services for all veterans. Our mission is to heal the wounds of war, restore dignity, hope, and self-sufficiency to all veterans in need. For many veterans that attend, this group has become a safe space where they can discuss their need for trans-specific medical care.
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