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Boston City Council proposing to require city employee health insurance to pay for sex-change operations and other "transgender" treatments.
MassResistance's reaction quoted in mainstream media.
POSTED: April 17, 2014
On Wednesday, April 16, two members of the Boston City Council introduced an ordinance to require that health insurance for city employees cover "transgender" sex-change procedures, including hormone treatments and "gender reassignment" surgery. This is the latest demand of the homosexual / transgender movement in many cities across the country.
It was introduced by City Councilors Michelle Wu and Ayanna Pressley, two of the most liberal on an already left-wing Boston City Council. They worked closely with local homosexual activists, according to press reports. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, an aggressive pro-homosexual advocate, told the press that he is "wholeheartedly in support" of it.
It was applauded by the usual crowd. "This ordinance is a pivotal step toward ensuring that transgender city workers have access to comprehensive healthcare coverage just like all other city workers," Kara Coredini, Executive Director of the LGBT lobbying group MassEquality told the press.
MassResistance reaction in the press
MassResistance gave its reaction -- which was covered in the Boston Globe and Channel 5 TV. And we didn't hold back for the liberal media.
As the Boston Globe reported on April 14:
Not everyone sees the proposed ordinance as positive, or agrees that hormones and surgery are proper treatment for those who identify as transgender. The leader of MassResistance, a nonprofit conservative advocacy group in Waltham, called the proposed ordinance "a sad example of science fiction over science."
That evening, Boston's WCVB Channel 5 also did a report also featuring MassResistance:
In other words: What other mental health issue is treated by amputating parts of the body?
Movement's goal: Sex-change insurance coverage mandatory nationwide!
According to a number of sources, this is part of an overall strategy to eventually make coverage of transgender hormone treatments and sex-change surgery mandatory for all health insurance nationwide. The national groups "Human Rights Campaign" and "Lambda Legal" are providing ammunition for this push.
The tactics are similar to those the homosexual movement used pushing "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" non-discrimination laws throughout America. In both cases, they started with private corporations, then some small cities and towns, then bigger cities in liberal areas, and eventually capturing entire states. In this case, they sometimes start with "lower level" mandates, such as hormone treatment, and then later push for full sex-change surgery coverage.
Mandating insurance support for sex "transitioning" is being seen across the country. As the Globe reported in its article:
Transgender city workers are guaranteed medical treatment by statutes in San Francisco; Seattle; Portland, Ore.; Washington, D.C.; and other US cities, according to Andrew Cray, a policy analyst at the Center for American Progress, an independent nonpartisan educational institute in Washington, D.C . . . [R]egulators in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Oregon, and Vermont have mandated that private insurance plans in those states cover transgender health services for residents.
Trying to keep Boston's "100% pro-LGBT" rating intact
As part of that push, the national radical LGBT group Human Rights Campaign now requires cities to include sex-change operations to get their coveted 100-percent pro-LGBT rating, similar to the rating they give large corporations. And the local radical lobby will not settle for anything less, and clearly has the power to enforce that.
As the Globe reported:
An attorney for the Human Rights Campaign, a national civil rights organization, said the group this year will begin to include transgender treatment coverage for city employees as a criterion in its Municipal Equality Index, which rates cities on their inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender residents and visitors.
Among other things, this policy would certainly attract some very disturbed people to work for the City of Boston. Is this really what the citizens want?
Text of ordinance: false and misleading statements as justification
As usual for these kinds of political efforts by the sexual radical movement, the text of the ordinance includes as justification a number of statements presented as "fact" which are either grossly misleading or outright false -- cleverly woven together to give the sense of serious medical data. It is Orwellian in its inversion of truth. For example:
But will anyone in the Boston City Council challenge any of this nonsense? We don't think so.
The two "transgender" women above have taken hormones to grow facial hair in order to appear male. Note the writing on the shirt on the woman on the left: "Self Made Man". [MassResistance photos]
The huge need to tell the truth
How do you fight this? As we have shown, there is at least one thing that everyone can do that makes a difference: Tell the truth without backing down.
This ordinance is an example of how the Left's world is built on lies and intimidation. They depend on the silence and fear of regular people to push their agenda. Any textbook on confronting a totalitarian environment always begins with the requirement of telling the truth without any compromise. If you just do that, you're having a positive effect! And not doing so gives their side a tighter grip on the public's perceived definition of reality.
There is a disturbing trend by pro-family groups around the country to be moderate and inoffensive when dealing with this issue, so as not to antagonize the LGBT movement and the media. They either (1) avoid the subject entirely; or (2) concede major points but quibble with a minor part of it, such as saying that transsexuals may "need" surgery but it ought not be paid for by the taxpayer; or (3) simply say that the whole thing is something they "disagree with" because of "religious freedom" or similar non-threatening reasoning. Thus, handing a victory for the other side.
Even in seemingly overwhelming circumstances like this, it is necessary to continue fighting harder than ever. We are convinced that in the long run it's worth it.