Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Cross-Gender Hormone Therapy at Colleges

University of Alabama at Birmingham
The University of Alabama at Birmingham is considering offering cross-gender hormone therapy for their students. There aren't many universities who offer this; most notably, University of Michigan and Harvard.

UAB's Student Health and Wellness said they are still in talks about this and did not put a time frame on it yet.

The treatment, also known as hormone replacement therapy, involves giving biologically-male transgender individuals estrogen or giving biologically-female transgender individuals testosterone to help induce feminine or masculine physical characteristics.

Lee Macon, a 21-year-old transgender man from Tennessee attends UAB. He said he hopes to be the first person to receive the hormone therapy at the school. Other students at UAB already are receiving treatment, but outside of the school.

Asked whether UAB's student insurance plan, available through VIVA Health, would cover the therapy if the school were to offer it, the university said, "Not necessarily. I can't make a global statement about that. Some insurance plans do, others don't."


Why get the hormone therapy through the college instead of outside practitioners? Macon said that getting it through the college would help him avoid negative encounters with medical practitioners, of which he has had several in the past.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham said also that they are well aware of the "potential danger" of not making UAB a safe and accepting place for transgender students.

It is not a question of accepting transgender people, but a question of who should pay for this. The college should not spend money on the therapy. It is a personal decision to undergo this treatment. A private insurance company has the choice of paying for it, but it should have nothing to do with the college. College is an institution for higher education, not optional medical procedures.


UAB and many other universities are only contemplating this process because of politics and money. If a college does not subsidize cross-gender hormone therapy, the leftist media will attack the school labeling them as "anti-LGBT." This would be devastating for a university. In today's world, nobody wants to be known as "anti-gay." This would hurt; students will protest, many will not enroll in the future, and even some organizations will not donate in the future. It's all a ripple effect and with the bureaucracy we see in the college-community, every decision-maker for universities knows this and probably will not want to take that risk.

Colleges have become more bureaucratic because of big government intervention. Colleges are now playing politics instead of focusing on furthering students' education. They lost touch of the main purpose of college: education.