Now and then stories like this make the news and I am tempted to just pass over them. As a PUBLIC EMPLOYEE you are trained and paid to serve the public. No one is making you do anything that will get you tossed into hell, Hades, Sheol or whatever awaits an unrepentant sinner.
As a member of the LGBTI minority community, the five protected classes* that the United States Customs and Immigration Services, as well as the US Veterans Administration and the United Nations recognize as needing specialized help in accessing services, I don’t see how Social Security personnel can do their jobs without LGBTI diversity training. Even if these people disgust you, they can be referred to other personnel IF YOU KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON.
Regular readers of this blog know I have an axe to grind about the practice in the United States to ignore Intersex persons as a protected class. Under international law, they are a protected class. Certain US governmental organizations recognize Intersex persons as a protected class and provide services for them. But still news and other organizations in the US keep Intersex persons invisible by persisting in the LGBT – only acronym.
*The Five Protected Classes
1. Lesbian – women who are sexually attracted to one another.
2. Gay – men who are sexually attracted to one another. The term is sometimes applied to Lesbians.
3. Bisexual – men or women who are both heterosexual and homosexual.
4. Transgender – persons who identify as a gender other than the one assigned at birth.
MTF – male transitioning or transitioned to female
FTM – female transitioning or transitioned to male
GNC – gender non-conforming. Rejection of the male or female gender binary.
5. Intersex – a person possessing both male and female biology at birth or made significant upon reaching puberty. Medically, since 2006, these persons are referred to as possessing Disorders of Sexual Development. (The historical term, hermaphrodite, is now considered pejorative and is no longer used.)
Children born intersex in the United States are routinely operated on after birth, without informed consent of the parents or, of course, the patient, to force them into either a male or female stereotypical biological appearance. The United Nations considers this cruel treatment akin to torture. Why Intersex is invisible in the United States has its roots in medical embarrassments at the highest level.
The links below are recommended reading for further education on Intersex
1. Alice Dreger on Intersex
2. A classic well worth the investment
Roberta A Westerberg, MA
Roberta A Westerberg, MA