Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Muncie Hospital Under Fire for Alleged Treatment of Transgender Patient

Despite movies like Transamerica, Boys Don't Cry, Ma vie en rose, Normal, and others that have, at times, brought transgender issues and struggles to the tips of American tongues, we still have a long way to go in this country when it comes to transgender issues in the flesh.

Hat tip to Fox 59 for highlighting the story of Erin Vaught. Vaught claims that Ball Memorial Hospital's staff demeaned her by ridiculing her in all different sorts of ways for being transgender.

Here is the report, and it turns my stomach.


I think Vaught deserves an explanation from Ball Memorial Hospital as to why she was treated in the manner she was. Every individual has value, and the hospital staff's alleged conduct removed that basic human value from Erin Vaught. She deserves better.

As Dolly Parton says in her song from Transamerica, we are all just, "Travelin' Thru" here in this life. Why do things like someone's gender identity matter any more to people? Isn't it time to just accept people for who they are and leave the judging out of it?

To me, if the allegations are true, it seems most sickening that professionals who have dedicated their lives to helping people regardless of who they are would do this kind of despicable act of devaluing and dehumanizing Erin Vaught. It's just plain wrong.

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