Gender Politics Update

by Ellen Kolb | March 7th, 2018

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Gender Politics Update

As of mid­day today, my state is no longer the only one in New Eng­land with­out “gen­der iden­tity” lan­guage in the state’s anti-​discrimination law. That’s what’s in the area’s head­lines tonight and it’s what will lead the area’s news sto­ries tomorrow.

What you prob­a­bly won’t hear is that my state rep­re­sen­ta­tives voted on two other gender-​policy bills as well. One would have pro­hib­ited tax­payer fund­ing of so-​called gen­der reas­sign­ment pro­ce­dures. The other would have pro­hib­ited gen­der reas­sign­ment for minors.

Both those bills were killed. The choice to reject those bills is at least as sig­nif­i­cant as the choice to pass the “gen­der iden­tity” measure.

The tax­payer fund­ing mea­sure was drafted after the state’s depart­ment of health and human ser­vices decided last year, with­out ben­e­fit of hav­ing a pub­lic hear­ing first, to cover gen­der reas­sign­ment under Med­ic­aid. Then and now, advo­cates of tax­payer fund­ing said that gen­der reas­sign­ment is a non-​elective pro­ce­dure, and that reli­gious objec­tions to pay­ing for it are just excuses for bigotry.

Say the word “bigot” often enough and it sticks.

The bill to pre­vent minors from hav­ing healthy body parts ampu­tated in the name of gen­der reas­sign­ment was defeated in a state that has a law against minors using tan­ning beds. Come to think of it, the same state also has laws restrict­ing pur­chase and con­sump­tion of alco­hol and tobacco by minors.

But puberty-​blockers, cross-​sex hor­mones, and removal of healthy body parts? Go for it.

Some­how, I don’t think today’s votes set­tled the issue.

Ellen Kolb is a writer liv­ing in New Hamp­shire. Read more by her at ellenkolb​.com.

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As of midday today, my state is no longer the only one in New England without “gender identity” language in the state’s anti-discrimination law. That’s what’s in the area’s headlines tonight and it’s what will lead the area’s news stories tomorrow.

What you probably won’t hear is that my state representatives voted on two other gender-policy bills as well. One would have prohibited taxpayer funding of so-called gender reassignment procedures. The other would have prohibited gender reassignment for minors.

Both those bills were killed. The choice to reject those bills is at least as significant as the choice to pass the “gender identity” measure.

The taxpayer funding measure was drafted after the state’s department of health and human services decided last year, without benefit of having a public hearing first, to cover gender reassignment under Medicaid. Then and now, advocates of taxpayer funding said that gender reassignment is a non-elective procedure, and that religious objections to paying for it are just excuses for bigotry.

Say the word “bigot” often enough and it sticks.

The bill to prevent minors from having healthy body parts amputated in the name of gender reassignment was defeated in a state that has a law against minors using tanning beds. Come to think of it, the same state also has laws restricting purchase and consumption of alcohol and tobacco by minors.

But puberty-blockers, cross-sex hormones, and removal of healthy body parts? Go for it.

Somehow, I don’t think today’s votes settled the issue.

Ellen Kolb is a writer living in New Hampshire. Read more by her at ellenkolb.com

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