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Warren Beatty and Annette Bening's Transgender Son Appears in New Health Care PSA: VIDEO

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Warren Beatty and Annette Bening's transgender son Stephen Ira appears along with several other trans people and advocates in a new PSA from GLAAD about the need for trans health care.

Sylvia Rivera Law Project’s Reina Gossett started a Change.org petition calling on NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo and NY Health Commissioner Nirav Shah to repeal a statewide regulation that excludes tran people from Medicaid.

Writes GLAAD:

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York State Health Commissioner Nirav Shah are being called upon to overturn New York State Medicaid's regulation excluding transgender people from accessing care. Medicaid is meant to ensure that low-income people have the care they need to survive, and no one should be denied that just because of who they are.

Transgender healthcare isn’t special healthcare. It's regular healthcare that non-trans people receive every day when they need it. Transgender health treatments are safe, effective and medically necessary for many transgender people. Unfortunately, healthcare is often denied to trans people due to misinformation and bias. By repealing the exclusionary regulation, Gov. Cuomo and Health Commissioner Shah can ensure that transgender people receiving Medicaid have the same access to essential care as anyone else.

Watch the PSA, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. AMEN! Wonderfully done, and kudos to all who participated, particularly young Mr. Beatty, for giving a brave face to their community. The reality is that discrimination and prejudice against our trans brothers and sisters is no different from the prejudice and discrimination we face as gay people - it's all, as the PSA said, based on misinformation and bias. Bravo to all who challenge the culture of stupid that mires social progress.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Nov 18, 2013 12:29:43 PM


  2. The kid has Shirley Maclain for an aunt...how awesome would that be?!

    Posted by: Jerry | Nov 18, 2013 12:31:21 PM


  3. I work in the same building as Dr. Shah and have even done IT support for his office. I could say something. I'm not sure what I would or should say, if anything at all.

    Posted by: WOLF | Nov 18, 2013 12:31:32 PM


  4. @WOLF If you can't say anything that makes sense or speak in complete sentences you should probably not speak at all.

    Posted by: Jerry | Nov 18, 2013 12:42:54 PM


  5. Stephen has gotten mighty cute!

    Posted by: JMC | Nov 18, 2013 1:13:06 PM


  6. GLAAD has become a joke and is now run by a 'trans gender'. Message from homosexual men to GLAAD: we don't want GLAAD.

    Posted by: ASam | Nov 18, 2013 2:10:58 PM


  7. Message from this homosexual man to "ASAM" - I stand proud with my trans brothers and sisters. It's you that is excluded. By your own doing. Not that you're missed ;-)

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Nov 18, 2013 2:22:04 PM


  8. Little Kiwi,

    I highly doubt that you are homosexual. Homosexual men don't dilute the homosexual rights movement by including trans notions within that movement.

    Have you ever thought that you might be a penis addict instead?

    Posted by: ASam | Nov 18, 2013 2:30:21 PM


  9. Its not diluted. It's strengthened. That's what happens when you multiply your numbers. You'd know this if you weren't a closeted right-wing hack eunuch :D

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Nov 18, 2013 2:31:23 PM


  10. If multiplying numbers is the goal, we should be merging our movement with heterosexual porn addicts or straight men into big boobs or all fans of Twilight or the citizens of China and India. Why select a tiny group (which is not even a group in its own right, but gaggle of groups with gender problems and birth defects) with no resources but endless demands, and proclaim that they are one with all LGBs? This has not made us stronger at all. It has hurt us greatly.

    Posted by: Charles in the Big Easy | Nov 18, 2013 2:48:57 PM


  11. @Jerry

    There's no need to be nasty. My grammar was perfectly sound. I am willing to advocate for this, but I wasn't sure what I should say exactly. Instead of being snide, you could have suggested something actually helpful.

    Posted by: WOLF | Nov 18, 2013 2:57:19 PM


  12. @Charles in the Big Easy (maybe Rick):

    For many Gay folks there has never been a separation from Transfolk. When I started going out to so-called "Gay areas" in the 1970s there were always Transfolk (we just used different terminalogy back then. We said "Drag Queen"--now we've learned to more respectful).

    The only Gay men who did not come in contact with Transfolk were those who were still in closet. They only came to the Gay areas after it was dark--like vampires.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Nov 18, 2013 2:59:44 PM


  13. @Charles

    We lose nothing by including others who are in need of support in our circle. If anything, we gain legitimacy in that we are not alone. Sexuality and gender are different, but they are not mutually exclusive or unrelated. Of course you probably don't care about any of that, since you have something against trans people, and my making any sort of argument won't stop that.

    Posted by: WOLF | Nov 18, 2013 3:03:04 PM


  14. Alloys are stronger than pure metals, and the principle is much the same in the LGBT movement. The gay men who want to push trans folks and bi folk under the bus are a loud minority who don't know much about the history of the gay rights movement or the basis for the association between gender and sexual minorities.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Nov 18, 2013 3:40:35 PM


  15. @Wolf, I'm not sure either why Jerry hopped on you for that. In terms of what you could say, here we go: Medicaid in NY currently has the following exclusion: "“Payment is not available for care, services, drugs, or supplies rendered for the purpose of gender reassignment (also known as transsexual surgery) or any care, services, drugs, or supplies intended to promote such treatment.” 18 NYCRR 505.2(l)." This exclusion is based around the idea that transgender medications, services, and surgeries are "elective", which has been shown to be untrue. Most major medical orgs, including the AMA and the APA, agree that transition treatments are medically necessary when prescribed by an attending physician. Keeping that clause in the Medicaid rules is discrimination against the trans folk of New York, who incidentally are more likely to be poorer and thus more likely to be using a public service like Medicaid.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Nov 18, 2013 3:49:43 PM


  16. Me wonder if the boy what girl has hoo hoo or a whatsit?

    Posted by: Endorado | Nov 18, 2013 4:10:17 PM


  17. Sorry, I meant to sign that "Wolf"

    Posted by: Endorado | Nov 18, 2013 4:10:44 PM


  18. Hey Donna, remind us again how much DC spends per pupil?

    Posted by: Endorado | Nov 18, 2013 4:12:05 PM


  19. There can be absolutely no doubt that these are indeed elective surgeries by people who wish to change their bodies to facilitate their mental notions of how they should be. If my eyes weren't so 'White' and more like my mother's and I wanted to have eye surgery to make them look less 'asian' to become more accepted by society or fit my notion of what I should look like, should the public pay for that?

    Posted by: Vera | Nov 18, 2013 4:22:53 PM


  20. I'm just an alias Rick chose to post extremely bigoted comments under because I'm desperate to draw attention to myself from as many different sources as possible. Doing so keeps me from ending my pathetic life. I'm pretty sad.

    Posted by: Endorado | Nov 18, 2013 4:57:49 PM


  21. Vera, the AMA, the APA, and other medical organizations have all issued statements to the effect of the fact that they recognize that transgender surgeries are medically necessary when prescribed by a doctor. What are your credentials, that you know better than them?

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Nov 18, 2013 4:58:58 PM


  22. Vera, the AMA, the APA, and other medical organizations have all issued statements to the effect of the fact that they recognize that transgender surgeries are medically necessary when prescribed by a doctor. What are your credentials, that you know better than them?

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Nov 18, 2013 4:58:58 PM


  23. Wanting to change your sexual to be who you truly are offends me because I'm self loathing and would never have the balls to show the world who I really am. And by really am, I mean that my name is Rick and you can recognize my bigotry easily.

    Posted by: Vera | Nov 18, 2013 4:59:32 PM


  24. That kid is great. I've read and seen some earlier blog stuff he did and that kid is terrific. Gives me hope since many of the people I know in their 20's are lazy assholes with an incredible sense of entitlement.

    Posted by: jklmnop | Nov 18, 2013 6:03:05 PM


  25. Please don't engage the trolls.

    Posted by: Francis | Nov 18, 2013 6:05:54 PM


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