New global health guidelines may kill trans people

New global health guidelines may kill transgender people

I know that title sounds dramatic, but bear with me, because transgender lives are at stake.

If you aren’t aware, the World Health Organization (WHO) recently announced changes to gender non-conformity guidelines.  These guidelines remove “gender identity disorder” (GID) as a “mental disorder”.  Instead, the guidelines have been moved into the sexual health portion of global health guidelines.

At first glance, this seems like a good thing.  There are more than a few trans* activist groups that have worked diligently for this move.  However, I believe that this will make it harder for trans* people (especially people of color and poor trans* people) to access proper medical care.

Our sexual harassment problem from the eyes of a transman

I was born female and transitioned to full-time male in my 20s.  I think people would like to believe that society treated me the same, but that’s absolutely not true. I’m treated very differently by men, by women, by almost everyone.  This is why I felt this post on sexual harassment was important.

Science communication: 5 new frontiers

Science writing allows us to communicate science to the general public, but we can do more. Science art and other fields are moving us into a new revolution of science communication. Read on for the next frontiers of science communication.