THE CUTTING EDGE-December, 21, 2012
By Barbara F. Anderson, Ph, D., LCSW
"Beyond the Headlines,” on Nov. 18, 2012. The focus of the show was the “widespread discrimination faced by transgender people,” especially, employment and health challenges. Statistics were cited indicating that trans people face unemployment at twice the national rate. Also mentioned was San Francisco’s Health Commission which voted to establish a program that includes SRS as part of the City’s universal health care plan, making San Francisco the first city in the US to approve such a measure.
“Gabrielle Ludwig, Transgender Basketball Player, Makes Championship Game Debut” is the headline in the online, HuffPost Gay Voices article, Dec. 2012. Fifty year old, m-t-f Ludwig, is a twice divorced mother of 3 who made news after playing on a California junior college basketball team. She last played college basketball in 1980, more that 20 years before she transitioned. “Though decades older than some of her teammates (and at 6ft 8in, substantially taller),” she was praised by her coach as being “the most dangerous player in the state.” Her statement to USA Today follows: “If they see me as a normal person and we are not the bogeyman and love life and raise kids just like you, maybe some of this mystery of who these people are will be taken away and there can be more blending into society. People are afraid of what they don’t know. I am willing to put myself out there. It was not like that before. It was just about playing basketball. It’s about more because I see an injustice.”