Given that last year I wrote about the inhuman treatment meted out to Janice Langbehn and Lisa Pond by a Miami hospital, it is most definitely appropriate that I also note that President Obama has taken steps to try to ensure that this sort of thing never happens again.
Of course he can’t eliminate prejudice overnight, but this should at least make hospitals think twice before discriminating against LGBT patients, and also provide for legal redress if they do.
I note also that the WaPo article includes the following clause:
respect patients’ choices about who may make critical health-care decisions for them
This is key for trans people, because it means that they should be able to object to “concerned” family members ordering hospital staff to cut off their medication or even reverse their transitions. Sadly trans people are often at much more risk from close family than anyone else, and allowing them to choose who has the right to make health care decisions for them is absolutely crucial to their well-being.