Today’s march was actually extremely important to me, because as a transgender person who hasn’t had an easy transition- has been in the system for five years and hasn’t even begun hormones despite meeting all archaic criteria- I want the world to be better for people who might not be able to put up with the hell the GIC has put me through.
I’ve had people tell me “don’t whine”, “it’ll get better”, “you’ll get them eventually”, “it’s not a medical condition”, “shut up and suck it up”- both in and out of the community. But the truth is when you’re dealing with something like this, those words- the good, and the bad, they don’t matter.
Yes, I will get them eventually, but five years for medical treatment, two sets of blood test results lost, three sets of referrals lost, six to eight months waiting time between appointments, and two cancelled appointments setting me back over a year… that’s a pretty long “eventually” !!
My next CHX appointment is in August, the day after my birthday. And despite, as said, meeting all criteria, I most likely will not be getting hormones at that appointment, because CHX have lost several of my documents, and I’m being set back another year, or more, most likely.
I march because by now, many trans people would have hurt themselves, some fatally. And I want a world in which people like me don’t have to do that. Don’t have to find an escape. Where we actually get treated like human beings rather than face discrimination at every turn.