Time and time again, conservatives are scolded for their supposed intolerance and told that homosexuals and transgenders are just like everybody else and should be treated no differently than others.
However, many institutions openly discuss the “special needs” of homosexuals and transgenders. Magazines are dedicated to the homosexual “lifestyle.” Tour books often offer sections dedicated to the “special needs” of homosexual travelers and each and every week, a new story pops-up in the media about a transgender person having a crisis and threatening a lawsuit because they don’t get to go into the bathroom or locker room of their choice.
So, the question remains: which is it? Are we to treat homosexuals and transgenders no differently than anybody else? Or are we supposed to coddle and bend to the “special needs” of this more-equal-than-others class?
The Veterans Administration (VA) has made their choice known. They recently opened the first VA medical facility that caters to transgender service members and veterans.
While veterans across America continue to linger and die awaiting a basic level of substandard medical services, transgender service members are now being treated to a brand new medical facility dedicated to them.
The Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center will open on November 12th, 2015, and will provide transgender veterans and service members with primary care, hormone therapy, mental health care, and social work services.
A directive from the Department of Veterans Affairs from February of 2013 states,
VA provides health care for transgender patients, including those who present at various points on their transition from one gender to the next. This applies to all Veterans who are enrolled in VA’s health care system or are otherwise eligible for VA care, including those who have had sex reassignment surgery outside of VHA, those who might be considering such surgical intervention, and those who do not wish to undergo sex reassignment surgery but self- identify as transgender. Intersex individuals may or may not have interest in changing gender or in acting in ways that are discordant with their assigned gender.
The medical center also claims that the facility:
[A]dopts the definition of “family” put forth by the Human Rights Campaign’s National Healthcare Equality Index. “Family” refers to any person(s) who plays a significant role in an individual’s life. This may include individual(s) not legally related to the individual. Members of “family” include spouses, domestic partners, and both different-sex and same-sex significant others.
Reportedly, all personnel who work in the facility have a “special interest in transgender care and will create an environment that celebrates and welcomes these veterans.”
Of course, veterans of all kinds should be looked-after, but before dedicating a special building and set of procedures to validating the delusions of the mentally ill, perhaps the VA can find a way to run more efficiently so that all veterans can receive care before they die while awaiting treatment.