Tag Archives: Dysphoria

Restatement of political position on “gender identity” laws in the USA

I opened this site in 2011 as an internet placeholder for an extremely controversial letter I had written with another lawyer. This letter, hereinafter referred to as the UN letter,[i] is about a legal trend in the United States towards the state level adoption of anti-discrimination laws designed to define and protect something called “gender identity.” We described […]

Activism to normalize gender transitioning now comes at children’s expense

It was recently announced that the Oregon Health Plan, which provides healthcare coverage to low-income residents of Oregon, will cover “medical care” for “transgender” children starting October 1, 2014. [1] The official text of the Oregon Health Plan guideline reads: “Hormone treatment is included on this line only for use in delaying the onset of […]

Insurance coverage and the medicalization of gender non-conformity, Part 2

[Ok, ok, it was more than a week. PART 1 is here. Pdf of the entire essay is here. In Oregon, the Insurance Division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services (division) recently issued a comprehensive bulletin (INS 2012-01) about health insurance coverage of medical treatments for gender identity/gender dysphoria (GI/GD) (see discussion of meaning […]

Insurance coverage and the medicalization of gender non-conformity, Part 1

[This will be a two-part post. Check back next week and/or subscribe to the blog for the second installment. Full pdf here.] Insurance coverage of medical treatments for “sex changes” is very controversial. Medicaid coverage of gender identity related conditions is practically a legal field of study unto itself.[i]  Like the various definitions of “gender identity,” […]