This evening, PUFF screened a great documentary entitled, “Transgender Tuesdays: A Clinic In the Tenderloin.”
The film focuses on the discrimination transgender people face—mostly from employment and medical care—and how a healthcare clinic in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco became the first to openly serve them. This is a major deal because particularly in the 70s and 80s, many transgender people died of infections that could have been easily cured, but fearing discrimination and the possibility of being turned away by medical practitioners, these individuals chose to suffer silently. “Transgender Tuesdays” at the Tom Waddell Health Center made it possible for them to feel safe enough to seek medical attention and basic healthcare.
“Transgender Tuesdays, and its 1993 ‘Protocols For Hormonal Reassignment of Gender,’ created a new model of treatment: Primary Care for all those who self-identify as transgendered, not just those that could afford the specialists who once made that decision.” (source)
After the screening, I had a discussion with my friends about gender and sexuality. While I feel fortunate to have been brought up in an open-minded household with like-minded friends, these are still highly debatable subjects—making films like “Transgender Tuesday” necessary. My takeaway is this: you don’t need to understand, you may not have to accept, but to discriminate and hate others due to your own misunderstandings is unacceptable. Bravo to PUFF for screening films like this!