Laura To Logan. A decision was made today by the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Medicare division, to cover gender confirming surgeries for patients suffering from Gender Identity Disorder (GID), the diagnostic term for being a transgender person.
This is a landmark decision, opening the doors to equality for a huge number of people who just want to feel like everyone else. I am not one of those people. LGBT hate crimes: Violent crimes against gay, transgender people rise 13% An 18-year-old gay man from Texas allegedly slain by a classmate who feared a sexual advance.
A 31-year-old transgender woman from Pennsylvania found dead with a pillowcase around her head. A 24-year-old lesbian from Florida purportedly killed by her girlfriend's father, who disapproved of the relationship. The homicides are a sampling of 2010 crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people compiled by a national coalition of anti-hate organizations. The report, released Tuesday, showed a 13% increase over 2009 in violent crimes committed against people because of their perceived or actual sexual orientation, gender identity or status as HIV positive, according to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs.
Last year's homicide count reached 27, up from 22 in 2009, and was the second-highest total since the coalition began tracking such crimes in 1996. Dr. Marcus Bachmann's anti-gay rant It Gets Better Project.