INSPIRATION AND ADVICE
BLACK TRANS RIGHTS ARE HUMAN RIGHTS
By Wednesday Holmes, 28 June 2020
As part of our Pride Month takeover, we asked LGBTIQ+ writers and activists from our line-up to write an article for us on whatever they wanted. This is their space to express themselves and talk about issues that are important to them. Today we're handing the mike to Wednesday Homes (pronouns: they/them) – illustrator, designer, writer and queer-community organiser with Voices 4 London and Far and Pride. This is what they wrote.
This month in the US, it was announced that trans citizens are to be removed from the human rights bill with regards to healthcare. This backwards movement will allow for medical staff to refuse to treat a person just because they are transgender. We already know that one in five trans people have been denied health coverage simply because of their trans status. Now it is legitimised by the government. This has major implications for trans patients who may contract coronavirus – withdrawing life-saving medical treatment will cause widespread death in the Trans community.
Black trans women are among the most targeted in society. Every year, scores of Black trans women are murdered with no justice. Black trans women are fighting for survival in a system which actively attacks them for both their transness and Blackness. I think these attacks on healthcare are going to hit the most vulnerable of the queer community first. In the UK, the government is scrapping GRA (Gender Recognition Act) reforms that would have made it easier for transgender and non-binary people to legally recognise their gender – despite 70% of people consulted being in support of it. At the moment, changing your gender requires acknowledgement from two doctors. Getting a doctor to recognise that you aren’t cis, in the UK, is extremely difficult. Trans people wait for years to get simple recognition and access to medical transition.