transgender woman and her partner and child are alleged to have been inhumanely
treated, dehumanized and disrespected while making a visit to the emergency
July 18, 2010 the transgender citizen was coughing up a large volume of blood
and was taken to the hospital by her life partner. Despite the fact that the
intake personnel were shown the individual’s
The staff allegedly ridiculed the transgender person, loudly referring to her as "IT". Her life partner was apparently asked by individual staff members, with raised voices, if she was a "He‐She". The patient also claims that she was quizzed about her length of time as a "Transvestite" when she clearly identified herself verbally and through official documents as a Transgender Female.
appears that a grave injustice may have been perpetrated against a transgender
Benge continued “This situation is particularly discomfiting as Ball Memorial
is the hospital where
transgender woman is suspected to have a lung condition that may be the cause
of mass bleeding and oral expulsion of blood. Yet, according to the individual,
leaders and advocates for the protection of transgender civil rights, Indiana
Transgender Rights Advocacy Alliance and Indiana Equality urge
“If the events are proven to be true, we call upon Ball Memorial Hospital to take appropriate actions with the hospital employees involved and to institute policies, procedures and staff training that will ensure that such discriminatory actions are not again perpetrated, “ stated Jon Keep, President of Indiana Equality.
copy of the letter by Indiana Transgender Rights Advocacy Alliance and
The Indiana Transgender Rights Advocacy Alliance (INTRAA) is a statewide advocacy organization working to create a society that values and protects freedom of gender expression and the right to gender self‐determination for all. For more information about INTRAA, please visit the organization’s website at www.intraa.org.
in 2003, Indiana Equality’s mission is to end sexual orientation and gender
identity discrimination in