Jorgensen, being one of the first trans women to become publicly known, conformed completely to the gender norms of her time, while Jan Morris was able to define her own womanhood and femaleness to a much greater degree than Jorgensen could or would have.
"You can't let them adopt. They're a bad influence and, you know, the kids will turn out just like them." An otherwise progressive and educated person I know once said that. "Them," in that statement, meant LGBT people.
Most if not all the other names used for the procedure suggest that a person is making a choice to switch genders. This is not about choice; it's about using surgery as one of the therapeutic tools to enable people to be comfortable with their gendered self.
When I received word that Gov. Snyder signed the ban on health care coverage for domestic partners I choked. At this point, it is impossible not to recognize the terrible insults that the LGBT community faces in Michigan.
The recently-released U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' "Healthy People" objectives for the next 10 years include a specific objective of recognizing transgender health needs as medically necessary.