TLDEF: TLDEF Condemns Two New Anti-Transgender Bills in Texas.

March 13, 2015 – TLDEF strongly denounces new proposed legislation in Texas that singles out transgender people for harsh discrimination. Introduced by Republican State Representative Gilbert Peña on March 10, House Bills 2801 and 2802 come on the heels of a string of bills targeting transgender people, including a prior bill in Texas, and similar ones in Kentucky, Florida and Minnesota.

House Bill 2801 would require schools to adopt policies prohibiting transgender students from using bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with who they are as boys and girls.  It would also make schools liable for a minimum of $2,000 in damages that schools would have to pay to students who complain that they encountered a transgender student in a prohibited bathroom.

House Bill 2802 would make it a class B misdemeanor for transgender people to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match who they are as men and women.  Violators would be punished by up to 180 days in jail, a fine of up to $2,000, or both. It would also give those who simply encounter transgender people in prohibited restrooms the ability to sue them for punitive damages of $2,000 and unlimited additional damages “for mental anguish.”

These bills come just weeks after Texas Republican State Representative Debbie Riddle introduced House Bill 1748 that would make it a crime for any transgender person over 12 to use a bathroom that matches their true self. That bill would punish transgender people with jail time of up to one year and fines of up to $4,000 for its violation. HB 1748 would also make it a felony for anyone who runs a public place like a restaurant to allow transgender people access to bathrooms they are prohibited from using under the terms of the bill. The violator could be punished by up to two years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

So yesterday I finally went for my pre op consult to discuss the revision needed on my chest. I originally was going to go with Dr Anooshian since I was very fond of his results and him as a provider. However, I really do not want to wait until fall to get this situation fixed. So he referred me out to one of his colleagues, which ironically I met when I had an ER trip after phallo.

We came with a very good plan after she gave me about three options on how we can approach fixing my chest. She’s very knowledgeable and totally can tell by her approach she has much expertise in breast and reconstructive surgery. I am going to continue on with a full double incision revision. She wants to remove some skin to tighten the contour. I want my nipples resized and the stalks shaved down. Over the years they seem to have become more and more wonky. The biggest issue we will face in all of this is the fat distribution or lack there of that I have due to over liposuction during my first procedure. It’s sucks but there are resolutions for this so I’m not stressing. Ultimately this will be a staggered procedure consisting of the initial procedure letting that heal and then coming back in for fat grafting to add bulk to my chest so I’ll actually be able to create a pec. The thing with that is fat grafting depending on how you take to it may have to be done several times. I am but so big fat wise so I’m not too sure how this will pan out but I’m up for trying none the less. Nothing really to lose by doing so. And if all else fails there are always pectoral implants but I will cross that road when the appropriate time permits.

So now it’s the waiting game. Just literally waiting on a phone call to schedule my pre op appt then the next day will be surgery. She said it will be anytime before June she has to check her schedule then she will let the nurse know and they will contact me to schedule. It’s exciting! I’m really glad to have this resolved and in such a quick manner. I have not personally seen her results but I have no doubt in her skill especially as she trained under Dr Anooshian doing ftm reconstructive surgery after years of doing other sorts of breast reconstructive surgeries for cancer patients which require alot of skill. She is also trained as a microsurgeon which I found very interesting and valuable as there are alot of nerve endings in my chest that I worry about. She did stress the fact my nipples sensation would be pretty much gone but for some strange reason I really have faith I’ll be one of the odd balls and get it back my body just defys natural laws in all sorts of ways lol. When I get more information I’ll update for sure…

Until next time…