A political science student at Ohio State University wrote a letter to the school newspaper expressing his outrage that trans students would receive hormone therapy as part of the student health plan. The student, Christopher Woodworth, offers some choice quotes, including this one:
OSU’s Student Health Insurance Plan is going to provide hormone therapy to individuals suffering from Gender Identity Disorder. This is akin to providing handguns to individuals suffering from suicidal tendencies or providing liquor to alcoholics.
If you disagree with Mr. Woodworth, consider writing him a polite email explaining your difference in point of view.
Read the entire letter after the jump.
To the Editor:
Before winter quarter ended, I read an article in The Lantern saying that Ohio State was bowing to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and providing absurd options and concessions to individuals suffering from a mental disorder.
OSU’s Student Health Insurance Plan is going to provide hormone therapy to individuals suffering from Gender Identity Disorder. This is akin to providing handguns to individuals suffering from suicidal tendencies or providing liquor to alcoholics. Gender Identity Disorder is just that – a disorder. The DSM-IV and ICD-10 define it as such. These are two medical texts published by the American Psychiatric Association and World Health Organization, respectively. The individual suffering from this disease should receive psychiatric help not hormone therapy.
Why not take that the money to be spent on this program and use it to keep the Wilce Center open on weekends – something from which all students could benefit. OSU will also make sure all forms will have more than the male and female option listed. The state and federal governments recognize males and females. How can you tell the government “we have eight students with no classification.” How will this new category affect funding at OSU?
Will the Department of Athletics put together new transgender teams? Do fraternities and sororities have to accept transgender students? The fact that OSU would concede to a special interest group of this kind and provide these concessions is absurd.