My Experience with THI
TW: Institutionalized transmisogyny
Alright, soooo somebody here wrote saying they contacted Trans Health Initiative about their lack of helping CAMAB trans people.
I got this message sent to me from being part of a website.
Seeing it, I noticed a lot of things about “transmasculine” but it didn’t say what they don’t have. Plus, being called “trans health initiative” it would make sense to include all trans people. I sent them a message and gave them the benefit of the doubt.
I just got an e-mail about THI’s services expanding. Are there transition related services available for trans women?
THI is just recently starting back up after losing our medical director last year. So you may have received a press release announcing the return availability of Testosterone for HRT in transmasculine individuals. As of right now we have not expanded to doing HRT for trans women. I do want to be able to see and treat the entire Trans community sometime in the future. If you go towww.transhealthinitative.org there is a resource list posted there. This list contains Trans friendly physicians, services and resources for MTF and FTM individuals. Ms Raquell Marshall at Some One Cares is also a good contact for MTF related services. Her office number is678-921-2706 and email is firstname.lastname@example.org . Please do not hesitate to contact me for any additional help or information.
Seems weird to be a woman’s health clinic that both doesn’t offer services to all women, and offers to some men over women. Is it possible to modify the website to show that it’s for trans people seeking testosterone only? It was very unclear to me that it was not for trans women, and trans people seeking estrogen.
I do apologize for the confusion and I will get the advertising manager to take a look at the verbiage used on the website. If I am not mistaken its does say Hormone Replacement Therapy available for Trans-masculine, gender-variant/intersex (FTM) individuals. Yes this is a women’s health clinic with OBGYN wellness, ambulatory surgery and abortion being our main services. The THI program is an addition to our wellness clinic. The program is coordinated and ran only by me with only one physician. So we are a very small non-profit program. The care for Transwomen is much more involved and intricate than that of Transmen. Which at this moment is beyond our scope of practice and not an OBGYN based service. While transmen’s services are OBGYN based services. As I mentioned before we are learning more and more about the trans community so that we can provide services for the entire community. However we do offer STD/STI panels at an affordable rate for any and everyone! I do apologize again for the confusion. We would never not offer service to ANY person but we must stay inside our own scope of practice. Again thank you for interest.
What is with this bullshit that the care for trans women is much more involved and intricate than that for trans men? Where the hell do these people learn about trans healthcare that they think this? Because that’s now THI and FWHC both using this excuse.
Aren’t they the same org?
I have no idea where it comes from, though. Except transmisogyny, maybe. They don’t want to do it (because they hate us), and so they call it “too hard”.
I am just, geebus frice.
Ok, so, trans* people who need testosterone based hormone therapy are part of OBGYN care, but trans* people who take the same medicines as post-menopausal cis women need care that’s much too intricate and just plain hard.
I hear massive amounts of whining.
And I want to throw some hormones back at these people.
asoijfsdkfsuhgknjsdfsukfs FEED SOMEONE ELSE YOUR BULLSHIT THI
that line about transwomen needing “more intricate” care is NOT EVEN REMOTELY FUCKING TRUE WHAT ARE YOU EVEN TALKING ABOUT
also if you’re going to be healthcare providers for trans people you should probably learn that it is disrespectful as hell to use the term “transman/transwoman”, there is a space between those words because we are not a new species of person we are men and women who are trans fuck off please thank you
yo any trans men who think that THI is doing a good job and in any way celebrate what they do for people with vaginas can also fuck off but i will not say please or thank you because y’all are a disgrace and traitors to your own people and so no
The real truth is that the cis women, especially cis lesbian women, in charge of these programs are uncomfortable with trans women, because deep down, they bought that second-wave TERF nonsense and internalised it, because it’s easy to be paranoid and faux-victimised, rather than leave behind the outdated notions of genital essentialism that these women have long used to define their own identities.
That is what we’re facing, really. That is why the TERFs go absolutely overboard when talking about trans women. You see, from their point of view, we are literally trying to destroy their identities, which are based on “born with a pussy=born womon”.
And you know what? They’re right. That’s exactly what I want. To destroy the falsehoods that have been used to create societal norms that privilege cis women over trans women. Upholding such things is not “radical”, and it’s for damn sure not “feminism”. What *is* it? Patriarchy, pure and simple.
Cis lesbians, by and large, are batshit terrified of trans lesbians, because our very existence puts into question every single thing they think they know about what it means to be a woman and to love a woman. They will use every scrap of power they can beg, borrow, or steal from their patriarchal masters to suppress trans women’s existence.
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