The additional burden

Newsweek tells us never mind about the cancer patients, the people thrown out of work and unable to pay rent, the bus drivers and supermarket workers and delivery drivers taking the risks – focus your attention instead on The Most Marginalized Of All.

With empty toilet paper aisles and shuttered businesses, some of the effects of social distancing and other pandemic measures have been readily apparent. But the pandemic has less visible consequences unique to vulnerable communities, like the additional burden placed on transgender people.

Transgender people are vulnerable, you see, unlike the rest of us. Women for instance – women are not vulnerable at all. Bitches.

Widespread closures and the strain placed on health care systems have thrown up obstacles to trans people like Tally the Witch author Molly Landgraff, who has experienced disruptions to her hormone replacement therapy (HRT) as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

There is paragraph after paragraph of detail about Landgraff’s tragic struggle.

Dr. Alexis Chávez, psychiatrist and medical director of The Trevor Project—an organization focused on preventing death by suicide among LGTBQ youth—shared with Newsweek some of the less visible likely effects for trans people pursuing gender affirming medical support and medication during the coronavirus pandemic.

Apparently without pausing to ask if people should really be making a fuss about “gender affirming medical support” during a global emergency.

Self-quarantine isolation imposes a psychic burden that can be especially acute for trans youth.

No it doesn’t. Trans youth are not the people most burdened by self-quarantine; not even close. Being trans is not a category of thing that is made far more desperate by self-quarantine. What is? Being ill, frail, unable to walk, poor, parents of small children, in mourning, afraid – and on and on. Young people who think they’re the other sex do not come anywhere near the top of that long list, and they should refrain from whining about their idenniny right now.

While nearly everyone has experienced disruption to their plans during the coronavirus shutdown, for trans people the disruptions can be central to their identity and relationship with wider society.

In other words “sure, it’s inconvenient for other people, but for trans people IT’S A JILLION TIMES MORE SO. The usual narcissistic bullshit, in other words.

Now is not the time.

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