Statement of Position and Solidarity in Response to Recent Bias and Violence Against Transgender and Gender Expansive Individuals

We oppose recent and ongoing actions that pose a threat to the health and well-being of our transgender, nonbinary, gender expansive, and gender non-conforming students.

By
Transgender and Gender Expansive Team at Columbia Health
August 31, 2020

The Transgender and Gender Expansive Team at Columbia Health opposes recent and ongoing actions that pose a threat to the health and well-being of our transgender, nonbinary, gender expansive, and gender non-conforming people. These actions include the Federal Government's recent rollback of trans protections that were clarified and made more specific by the Obama Administration within section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (also referred to as the Health Care Rights Law). 

TGET at Columbia Health also opposes recent proposed regulations that would make it significantly more difficult for LGBTQ individuals facing bias-fueled violence in their home countries to be granted asylum in the United States.  

In addition, TGET at Columbia Health stands in solidarity with activists across the United States and beyond in response to anti-black violence. Black Lives Matter and Black Trans Lives Matter and we honor the lives of those we’ve lost including Nina Pop, Riah Martin, Tony McDade, Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Oluwatoyin Salah, Ahmaud Marquez Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, and so many others.  

The Transgender and Gender Expansive Team (TGET), an interdisciplinary group of clinicians and health professionals at Columbia Health, remains committed to working collaboratively with and providing gender-affirming resources, services, and support to Columbia’s transgender and gender expansive students. Further, this commitment is inclusive of continual self-reflection, evaluation, and advocacy on the part of our staff to work towards the highest standard of care. 

The following resources may be helpful to students seeking support around some of these concerns (note: this is not an exhaustive list; please contact TGET for more resources and support):

LGBTQ@Columbia

Counseling and Psychological Services Support Groups

Sylvia Rivera Law Project

Transgender Law Center

Lambda Legal 

Immigration Equality

Transgender Legal Defense Fund