Federal health-care programs and those funded with federal dollars are barred from discriminating against transgender people, a senior official with the Department of Health and Human Services told LGBT advocacy groups in July — a sweeping decision that will impact most health-care services across the country.
Why is this so important? Here is one reason. Tyra Hunter died because of transphobia.
Tyra Hunter didn’t die at the point of a gun or a knife, she died because of medical transphobia The transphobe who was responsible for her untimely death was wearing the uniform of a Washington DC Fire Department EMT.
“inflammatory, inappropriate, unprofessional, a form of Homo-phobia[sic], and sexist remarks. The comments were relative to the patients gender and sexual orientation, because the patient appeared to be female. The remark was something to the effect, that ain’t no woman, that’s a man. The bitch got a dick and balls.”
Although there is conflicting testimony whether other Fire Department and EMS personnel similarly withheld medical services, there is no evidence to contradict the statements of the neighborhood witnesses that the “pants-cutter” stopped treatment. Instead of helping Hunter, the pants-cutter made jokes and laughed with his partner. Hunter died shortly thereafter in the hospital.