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.