But, how do we stop a world of hate

When the world does not yet know how to love?

“Trump Attacks Transgender Health Care”

“Access to care is hard now. Religious ‘liberty’ is set to make it worse.”

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“Transgender people have serious problems accessing quality health care. The Trump Administration is about to make it even harder.

Think physicians and other medical professionals honor their Hippocratic oaths and treat their patients equally and neutrally? The Center for American Progress (CAP) wants you to know that’s not true — not with LGBTQ people at least.

They conducted a comprehensive survey in 2017 and found that 8% of gay people report being refused medical treatment because of their sexual orientation.

That’s bad enough, but a full 29 percent of transgender people said a doctor or other health care provider refused to see them because of their actual or perceived gender identity. Twenty-one percent said a doctor or other health care provider used harsh or abusive language when treating them.”

The excerpt you see above was written by Medium Writer, James Finn. I have mentioned him several times in this space as he is an advocate for the LGBTQ community and seems to get no rest in his efforts for speaking out against hatred and all common indecencies against mankind. I have sat with his article, of which, I will post the link to shortly so that you can read it in its entirety, but first–how? No, really… how can you work your heart in such a way to deny someone different from you healthcare? Or, the very resources and ways that will alleviate an illness or an ailment of any kind? Why… Why would you design a plan to pass a law that will aid physicians who hold conservative beliefs and (in my opinion) garner hate to possibly maintain the right to openly denounce Hippocratic oaths and not serve people who are LGBTQ?

I am sitting here trying to prevent myself from crying because the ache is incredibly strong. Those who base their opinions on that of a Godly source are sadly mistaken in what God wants. They do not know their Bible or they interpret their Bible entirely different from what is written. The second most greatest commandment given to believers and those willing to follow is to, “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” Matthew 22: 39. The pain of reading this article is so heavy that I at first, did not know what to say or how to respond. I still have not, but I will do so on that post with this blog entry’s link. *sighs* I try to be a source of light–of love. I try to understand all who are different from me. I try to listen, to learn, and to care.

I cannot fathom denying someone a bare minimum human act. At my job, we are under the umbrella of an astounding organization that prides itself on diversity and inclusion and being in the medical field, no one–and I can tell you for a fact, no one in our facility will deny anyone healthcare based on their sexual orientation or any other status that lawmakers feel is out of their accepted realm. We are there to provide care. We are there to give you a sense of comfort, to alleviate stress, to aid in the betterment of your condition, and we MUST DO THAT or we will be fired. There are no ifs, ands, and buts about the situation. We knew this before accepting our roles and that is what WE OUGHT TO DO.

“Religious liberty? Since when is religion about hurting people?”

If you can call yourself a child of God and your aim is to hurt his children, then the very words you let spill from your lips are hypocrisy. God does not honor hate. God does not honor man. God does not honor a sense of selfishness. God honors love and you as his child, as a believer, are supposed to love. SIMPLE AND PLAIN. These days, I am losing strength and a bit of faith in humanity, but I am trying not to shut down. These days, I do not know this America.

These days, I do not want to know this America, nothing about it is great.


*The full article written by James Finn can be found here:

Trump Attacks Transgender Health Care

You may not understand why this is important, but I am living day to day praying that I am not personally targeted while my brothers and sisters are. It’s despicable and it ought to be outlawed. Change, real change–is long overdue.

14 thoughts on “But, how do we stop a world of hate

  • One of my best friends here in FL is transgender. She was male, now female. She had talked a bit about the difficulty in getting decent care which takes into account all the necessary meds, etc., that her journey requires. So your post hit home with me. My friend recently got married, to another woman, they both consider themselves bi. I am so happy for her to find love in her 70’s! And they just bought a house 3 doors down from me, so I will have them as neighbors.!

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  • This makes my heart hurt. I read about dictator Trump’s latest “decree” and couldn’t believe he could stoop so low. May 2020 bring a new president – one with compassion, understanding and wisdom. Not to mention integrity. Thanks for posting this, trE.

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  • Its the far right thats to blame for all this. I fail to see how this has come about, its so backward thinking – just any excuse to mess things up for other people rather than to help 😦

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    • This is my take on it, but of course, logistically speaking, there are folks who only deal in numbers or other situations they can cite that have nothing to do with the current situation at hand that view it differently.

      If there’s no one accord, this’ll never get resolved. People can be comfortable from afar stating their brief opinions, but are not deeply rooted in this, so they may not care. Or, they may not understand the need for caring because they don’t know of or love someone who has been discriminated against in this fashion.

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      • Yes, they are mostly isolated angry / unthinking people, they feel they have been overlooked for too long, when in reality they deserve to be overlooked, because they are just so wrong. Hilary was right to call them “the deplorables” – its unfortunate that the whole thing is so divisive

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      • Quite unfortunate. I appreciate you reading Ogden. I am taking everyone’s thoughts into consideration and sitting with them all.

        Differences in opinion and beliefs should not… absolutely should not halt medical care and the distribution of it to those outside of one’s religious realm.

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  • I empathise, and sympathise with anyone who feels that they are being discriminated against in any way whatsoever. We all must be pragmatic however, especially where finite resources are concerned, such as healthcare. Anyone who has ever dealt in data will know that it can be presented in many different ways, and the same data can be used to support opposing arguments. It makes life so difficult for us all.
    Hugs to you trE, as always.

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    • It does indeed make life difficult. You take something as vital as healthcare in the country of America where we pretty much pay astronomical out of pocket costs anyway… it’s just a thing that should not be a thing.
      I appreciate you reading and responding, Peter.

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  • I’m a physician and there are some problems with this article. I want to point out that I am not a “bigot” just because I see these problems. I respect and honor people. But the problems I see are many. One is that love is not defined by “I will do whatever you want me to do in this relationship.” That is the foundation of an abusive relationship. The doctor-patient relationship IS a relationship and I have a sense that some (not all) those people who were “refused care because of their orientation” might have been asking for something the doctor did not feel was in their best interest. It doesn’t mean they are hated, it actually means the doctor does care and doesn’t want the person to undergo something the patient will later regret. I do understand there is bigotry and prejudice, but I also have lived in the medical community for years and most physicians who are good physicians really do care about the overall health of their patients, and sometimes that compassion and caring demands a “No” to the patients requests. Another problem is that everyone is ignoring the multiple documented medical reports of people who go through surgical procedures and/or medical treatments and then gravely regret them later. Many of these treatments can be irreversible. So these decisions need to be made with great care, and I think, as a physician, they need to be made by adults. These are just my professional observations. They aren’t judgments. I do think that we all need to live by “love another as you love yourself.” But sometimes I have to tell myself “no” in order to do the thing that is loving for me. Thanks for your post and I appreciate your heart and your sensitivity in this matter.

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    • I agree with you that there are times when the type of medical care expected by a patient has to be refused because it is not of the best interest of the patient medically, but in the article referred to, these were not those times. The idea of pure or agape love is how God operated and in that expression of pure love, abuse does not exist, it’d cancel out God’s meaning of love.

      I appreciate your comment but turn your attention to the main article with its statistics and studies and numbers based on researched facts. That is what I am reacting to. Thank you for reading.

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