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Colo. transgender woman denied breast cancer screening

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

DENVER — A transgender woman in Denver is suing Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains and Women’s Wellness Connection after she was denied a free breast cancer screening.

Jennifer Blair, 62, told KUSA-TV that Women’s Wellness Connection, a state-run healthcare program, recently turned her away because she is “not genetically female.”

breast-cancer-awarenessAccording to Blair, she had gender reassignment surgery more than a decade ago and takes a daily maintenance dose of Estradiol, a doctor-prescribed synthetic estrogen.

“That dose also does put me at an elevated risk for a variety of tumors, including breast cancer,” Blair said.

After she noticed unusual breast growth, Blair went to Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains in Denver for a mammogram, paid for by Women’s Wellness Connection. The state-run program offers free cancer screenings for low income women.

“I don’t have any health insurance,” Blair said.

Although meeting all the requirements, she said she was denied coverage and an exam.

“I was shocked. I was hurt,” Blair said.

An source for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, speaking to LGBTQ Nation Tuesday on the condition of anonymity due to the ongoing legal suit, confirmed that the program is federally funded by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however at issue is that guidelines from the CDC stipulate that the exams only cover clients who are “genetically female.”

The CDC offices in Atlanta are closed due to the current Federal Government shut down and LGBTQ Nation was unable to contact the CDC for a statement.

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Denver-based attorney Sarah Parady, who is representing Blair, says that the legal definition of “female” is at the center of the lawsuit, which alleges that the refusal to provide a screening violates the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act.

“It’s discrimination based on her transgender status. I think that’s pretty black and white,” said Parady.

Legal analysts note that issues surrounding Transgender healthcare are complicated. But Parady pointed out that it all boils down to a simple question: “If someone is born a man, but has surgery to become a woman, are they entitled to same free healthcare as other women?”

The Colorado Civil Rights Division did issue a written response to KUSA-TV, saying the state program is only following CDC guidelines.

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  1. If anyone, male or female, can develop breast cancer, then this is stupid. Just give her a screening. Hell, money is money… you should be happy to get a paycheck.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 4:03pm
  2. WHy isn't she suing the CDC? They made the policy, not Planned Parenthood, who has no choice but to follow it? quote: An [sic] source for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, speaking to LGBTQ Nation Tuesday on the condition of anonymity due to the ongoing legal suit, confirmed that the program is federally funded by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however at issue is that guidelines from the CDC stipulate that the exams only cover clients who are “genetically female.” The CDC offices in Atlanta are closed due to the current Federal Government shut down and LGBTQ Nation was unable to contact the CDC for a statement.

    Replied on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 12:53am
  3. Anyone can get beast cancer! This shouldn’t even be an issue!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 4:06pm
  4. More like sexist mammogramies.

    Replied on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 6:17pm
  5. Irooooonic lol

    Replied on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 6:19pm
  6. WHy isn't she suing the CDC? They made the policy, not Planned Parenthood, who has no choice but to follow it? quote: An [sic] source for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, speaking to LGBTQ Nation Tuesday on the condition of anonymity due to the ongoing legal suit, confirmed that the program is federally funded by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however at issue is that guidelines from the CDC stipulate that the exams only cover clients who are “genetically female.” The CDC offices in Atlanta are closed due to the current Federal Government shut down and LGBTQ Nation was unable to contact the CDC for a statement.

    Replied on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 12:52am
  7. Exactly!. As a person with Male Breast Enlargement (Gynecomastia) and as a person who identifies as transgender, I am very concerned about breast cancer as well as testicular cancer, regions of the male body which men never think about until its to late.

    Replied on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 9:34am
  8. This is absurd! Trans women need regular mammograms for their breasts, why is this even an issue?

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 4:10pm
  9. WHy isn't she suing the CDC? They made the policy, not Planned Parenthood, who has no choice but to follow it? quote: An [sic] source for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, speaking to LGBTQ Nation Tuesday on the condition of anonymity due to the ongoing legal suit, confirmed that the program is federally funded by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however at issue is that guidelines from the CDC stipulate that the exams only cover clients who are “genetically female.” The CDC offices in Atlanta are closed due to the current Federal Government shut down and LGBTQ Nation was unable to contact the CDC for a statement.

    Replied on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 12:54am
  10. Bigotry!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 4:11pm
  11. WHy isn't she suing the CDC? They made the policy, not Planned Parenthood, who has no choice but to follow it? quote: An [sic] source for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, speaking to LGBTQ Nation Tuesday on the condition of anonymity due to the ongoing legal suit, confirmed that the program is federally funded by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however at issue is that guidelines from the CDC stipulate that the exams only cover clients who are “genetically female.” The CDC offices in Atlanta are closed due to the current Federal Government shut down and LGBTQ Nation was unable to contact the CDC for a statement.

    Replied on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 12:55am
  12. This is a human being who’s developed a cancer in their body and the last time I checked doctors and nurses followed the same oath to help those in need whatever the illnesses, you have a sworn duty to uphold the health, safety and well being of human life in all its forms. No one should be denied because of their sexual orientation whether gay bisexual or pansexual, transexual it doesn’t matter … stand up for the oath you took and the years it took to get where you got to have that title.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 4:15pm
  13. Transsexual isn't a sexual orientation. It's a sexual identity.

    Replied on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 4:16pm
  14. Transsexual is a person who had surgery to get their bodies to match their gender. Transgender is a person who has not had that surgery yet but lives their authentic gender without surgical changing their bodies to match their true gender.

    Replied on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 4:52pm
  15. WHy isn't she suing the CDC? They made the policy, not Planned Parenthood, who has no choice but to follow it? quote: An [sic] source for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, speaking to LGBTQ Nation Tuesday on the condition of anonymity due to the ongoing legal suit, confirmed that the program is federally funded by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however at issue is that guidelines from the CDC stipulate that the exams only cover clients who are “genetically female.” The CDC offices in Atlanta are closed due to the current Federal Government shut down and LGBTQ Nation was unable to contact the CDC for a statement.

    Replied on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 12:54am
  16. Weird, considering this same exact place (as in that specific office) offers HRT services. Not only that, but Planned Parenthood serves more than just women. They have services for men as well.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 4:15pm
  17. WHy isn't she suing the CDC? They made the policy, not Planned Parenthood, who has no choice but to follow it? quote: An [sic] source for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, speaking to LGBTQ Nation Tuesday on the condition of anonymity due to the ongoing legal suit, confirmed that the program is federally funded by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however at issue is that guidelines from the CDC stipulate that the exams only cover clients who are “genetically female.” The CDC offices in Atlanta are closed due to the current Federal Government shut down and LGBTQ Nation was unable to contact the CDC for a statement..

    Replied on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 12:56am
  18. Thank you Jenny I was typing to fast and meant to insert those facts.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 4:19pm
  19. this is ridiculous! she should never have been denied for a breast screening males and females can both develop breast cancer… i hope she wins this

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 4:22pm
  20. WHy isn't she suing the CDC? They made the policy, not Planned Parenthood, who has no choice but to follow it? quote: An [sic] source for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, speaking to LGBTQ Nation Tuesday on the condition of anonymity due to the ongoing legal suit, confirmed that the program is federally funded by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however at issue is that guidelines from the CDC stipulate that the exams only cover clients who are “genetically female.” The CDC offices in Atlanta are closed due to the current Federal Government shut down and LGBTQ Nation was unable to contact the CDC for a statement.

    Replied on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 12:54am
  21. This is nothing more than someone’s personal issue with her being transgendered. Utterly ridiculous.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 4:27pm
  22. yes, you are: utterly ridiculous. and it's obvious you didn't read the article.

    Replied on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 12:53am
  23. Gee, so you're saying not one single person dictated the policy that is keeping her from receiving that examination? You're saying it wasn't a person, or people, who placed the wording "genetically female" into that policy? Now THAT'S ridiculous. The fact a person, or people, decided this policy and worded it as they did is a sure sign of said person/people having a personal issue with people who are transgendered. There was no need for them to use those words "genetically female", yet they did so to make certain no transgendered people received the exams. I stand by my earlier statement.

    Replied on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 5:24am
  24. We need to speak up because before you know it doctors won’t see you because of whatever lame ass excuuse they can come with.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 4:29pm
  25. breast cancer knows no gender and Planned Parenthood staff should know that or be fired

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 4:48pm
  26. WHy isn't she suing the CDC? They made the policy, not Planned Parenthood, who has no choice but to follow it? quote: An [sic] source for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, speaking to LGBTQ Nation Tuesday on the condition of anonymity due to the ongoing legal suit, confirmed that the program is federally funded by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however at issue is that guidelines from the CDC stipulate that the exams only cover clients who are “genetically female.” The CDC offices in Atlanta are closed due to the current Federal Government shut down and LGBTQ Nation was unable to contact the CDC for a statement.

    Replied on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 12:58am
  27. This is absolutely stupid since both women AND men can get breast cancer.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 4:55pm
  28. WHy isn't she suing the CDC? They made the policy, not Planned Parenthood, who has no choice but to follow it? quote: An [sic] source for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, speaking to LGBTQ Nation Tuesday on the condition of anonymity due to the ongoing legal suit, confirmed that the program is federally funded by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however at issue is that guidelines from the CDC stipulate that the exams only cover clients who are “genetically female.” The CDC offices in Atlanta are closed due to the current Federal Government shut down and LGBTQ Nation was unable to contact the CDC for a statement.

    Replied on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 12:57am
  29. Stupid, they didn’t build those tits, they came from hormones so how can she be denied? Breast cancer is found in both sexes so being transgender shouldn’t matter

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 5:02pm
  30. WHy isn't she suing the CDC? They made the policy, not Planned Parenthood, who has no choice but to follow it? quote: An [sic] source for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, speaking to LGBTQ Nation Tuesday on the condition of anonymity due to the ongoing legal suit, confirmed that the program is federally funded by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however at issue is that guidelines from the CDC stipulate that the exams only cover clients who are “genetically female.” The CDC offices in Atlanta are closed due to the current Federal Government shut down and LGBTQ Nation was unable to contact the CDC for a statement.

    Replied on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 12:56am
  31. This is just plain wrong. If a gender reassignment causes someone to have health issues related to their new body, medical care should be available to them. Period. How long must those of us in the LGBT community suffer because of the small mindedness of bigots? When will our government (state and federal) stop pandering to those who want to keep us from receiving equality simply because of their religious beliefs? When will the government decide to actually follow the ammendment regarding separation of church and state? When will our government decide it has an obligation to ensure ALL Americans have the full rights and equal protection under the law? Wish I had the answers to these questions, but I don’t. It’s sad we have these equality issues in “The Land of the Free, Home of the Brave”. Sorry, I will step off the soapbox now. It’s just with each injustice I get more and more angry.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 5:02pm
  32. WHy isn't she suing the CDC? They made the policy, not Planned Parenthood, who has no choice but to follow it? quote: An [sic] source for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, speaking to LGBTQ Nation Tuesday on the condition of anonymity due to the ongoing legal suit, confirmed that the program is federally funded by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however at issue is that guidelines from the CDC stipulate that the exams only cover clients who are “genetically female.” The CDC offices in Atlanta are closed due to the current Federal Government shut down and LGBTQ Nation was unable to contact the CDC for a statement..

    Replied on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 12:57am
  33. I have always defended Planned Parenthood. But to deny this woman is insane. They should have given her the mammogram. If Gloria Alred wasn’t defending the scum who attacked a family on Long Island biker rampage I would hope that she would be taking up this cause.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 5:06pm
  34. WHy isn't she suing the CDC? They made the policy, not Planned Parenthood, who has no choice but to follow it? quote: An [sic] source for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, speaking to LGBTQ Nation Tuesday on the condition of anonymity due to the ongoing legal suit, confirmed that the program is federally funded by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however at issue is that guidelines from the CDC stipulate that the exams only cover clients who are “genetically female.” The CDC offices in Atlanta are closed due to the current Federal Government shut down and LGBTQ Nation was unable to contact the CDC for a statement.

    Replied on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 12:57am
  35. That is ridiculous. Men can also get breast cancer.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 5:37pm
  36. WHy isn't she suing the CDC? They made the policy, not Planned Parenthood, who has no choice but to follow it? quote: An [sic] source for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, speaking to LGBTQ Nation Tuesday on the condition of anonymity due to the ongoing legal suit, confirmed that the program is federally funded by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however at issue is that guidelines from the CDC stipulate that the exams only cover clients who are “genetically female.” The CDC offices in Atlanta are closed due to the current Federal Government shut down and LGBTQ Nation was unable to contact the CDC for a statement.

    Replied on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 12:56am
  37. That is ridiculous. Men can also get breast cancer.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 5:37pm
  38. That is ridiculous. Men can also get breast cancer.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 5:37pm
  39. Genetic males can also get breast cancer… this makes no sense to deny a person a health check regardless of their gender or gender identity. EVERYONE should get screened!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 6:13pm
  40. WHy isn't she suing the CDC? They made the policy, not Planned Parenthood, who has no choice but to follow it? quote: An [sic] source for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, speaking to LGBTQ Nation Tuesday on the condition of anonymity due to the ongoing legal suit, confirmed that the program is federally funded by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however at issue is that guidelines from the CDC stipulate that the exams only cover clients who are “genetically female.” The CDC offices in Atlanta are closed due to the current Federal Government shut down and LGBTQ Nation was unable to contact the CDC for a statement.

    Replied on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 12:55am
  41. Genetic males can also get breast cancer… this makes no sense to deny a person a health check regardless of their gender or gender identity. EVERYONE should get screened!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 6:13pm
  42. Genetic males can also get breast cancer… this makes no sense to deny a person a health check regardless of their gender or gender identity. EVERYONE should get screened!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 6:13pm
  43. Punitive mammogram awards, anyone?

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 6:21pm
  44. WHy isn't she suing the CDC? They made the policy, not Planned Parenthood, who has no choice but to follow it? quote: An [sic] source for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, speaking to LGBTQ Nation Tuesday on the condition of anonymity due to the ongoing legal suit, confirmed that the program is federally funded by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however at issue is that guidelines from the CDC stipulate that the exams only cover clients who are “genetically female.” The CDC offices in Atlanta are closed due to the current Federal Government shut down and LGBTQ Nation was unable to contact the CDC for a statement.

    Replied on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 12:59am
  45. total Bible Thumper bs

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 6:55pm
  46. WHy isn't she suing the CDC? They made the policy, not Planned Parenthood, who has no choice but to follow it? quote: An [sic] source for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, speaking to LGBTQ Nation Tuesday on the condition of anonymity due to the ongoing legal suit, confirmed that the program is federally funded by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however at issue is that guidelines from the CDC stipulate that the exams only cover clients who are “genetically female.” The CDC offices in Atlanta are closed due to the current Federal Government shut down and LGBTQ Nation was unable to contact the CDC for a statement.

    Replied on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 12:58am
  47. hello, everyone has breasts. She isnt a golden retriever. Stop being dicks.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 7:11pm
  48. WHy isn't she suing the CDC? They made the policy, not Planned Parenthood, who has no choice but to follow it? quote: An [sic] source for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, speaking to LGBTQ Nation Tuesday on the condition of anonymity due to the ongoing legal suit, confirmed that the program is federally funded by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however at issue is that guidelines from the CDC stipulate that the exams only cover clients who are “genetically female.” The CDC offices in Atlanta are closed due to the current Federal Government shut down and LGBTQ Nation was unable to contact the CDC for a statement.

    Replied on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 12:57am
  49. outrageous!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 7:32pm
  50. True, males and females get breast cancer. She is on hormones to help her be female which I think puts her at increased risk of getting breast cancer. Why do people have to hate?

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 7:39pm
  51. WHy isn't she suing the CDC? They made the policy, not Planned Parenthood, who has no choice but to follow it? quote: An [sic] source for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, speaking to LGBTQ Nation Tuesday on the condition of anonymity due to the ongoing legal suit, confirmed that the program is federally funded by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however at issue is that guidelines from the CDC stipulate that the exams only cover clients who are “genetically female.” The CDC offices in Atlanta are closed due to the current Federal Government shut down and LGBTQ Nation was unable to contact the CDC for a statement.

    Replied on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 1:00am
  52. A breast is a breast; and all breasts need screening.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 7:54pm
  53. WHy isn't she suing the CDC? They made the policy, not Planned Parenthood, who has no choice but to follow it? quote: An [sic] source for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, speaking to LGBTQ Nation Tuesday on the condition of anonymity due to the ongoing legal suit, confirmed that the program is federally funded by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however at issue is that guidelines from the CDC stipulate that the exams only cover clients who are “genetically female.” The CDC offices in Atlanta are closed due to the current Federal Government shut down and LGBTQ Nation was unable to contact the CDC for a statement.

    Replied on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 12:59am
  54. For those wondering here are the stats on male breast cancer for 2013 per American Cancer Society. Yes here are the stats from American Cancer Society re: male breast cancer for 2013. ■About 2,240 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed
    ■About 410 men will die from breast cancer

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 8:55pm
  55. WHy isn't she suing the CDC? They made the policy, not Planned Parenthood, who has no choice but to follow it? quote: An [sic] source for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, speaking to LGBTQ Nation Tuesday on the condition of anonymity due to the ongoing legal suit, confirmed that the program is federally funded by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however at issue is that guidelines from the CDC stipulate that the exams only cover clients who are “genetically female.” The CDC offices in Atlanta are closed due to the current Federal Government shut down and LGBTQ Nation was unable to contact the CDC for a statement./

    Replied on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 12:58am
  56. So if a man asks for an exam because he felt a lump…he’s certainly not a woman… does he get denied???? That’s crap
    …SHE has breasts… they are not well and the doctors who are supposed to protect people and help them no matter what need to find a way to let her get help. Too much bureaucracy and not enough protecting the people

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 9:10pm
  57. WHy isn't she suing the CDC? They made the policy, not Planned Parenthood, who has no choice but to follow it? quote: An [sic] source for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, speaking to LGBTQ Nation Tuesday on the condition of anonymity due to the ongoing legal suit, confirmed that the program is federally funded by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however at issue is that guidelines from the CDC stipulate that the exams only cover clients who are “genetically female.” The CDC offices in Atlanta are closed due to the current Federal Government shut down and LGBTQ Nation was unable to contact the CDC for a statement.

    Replied on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 12:56am
  58. My wife who is transgender got two.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 9:10pm
  59. Peter Criss of Kiss had breast cancer and he does breast cancer walks.It’s not just women.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 10:16pm
  60. Now isn’t this real nasty of them!!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 10:28pm
  61. WHy isn't she suing the CDC? They made the policy, not Planned Parenthood, who has no choice but to follow it? quote: An [sic] source for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, speaking to LGBTQ Nation Tuesday on the condition of anonymity due to the ongoing legal suit, confirmed that the program is federally funded by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however at issue is that guidelines from the CDC stipulate that the exams only cover clients who are “genetically female.” The CDC offices in Atlanta are closed due to the current Federal Government shut down and LGBTQ Nation was unable to contact the CDC for a statement./

    Replied on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 12:58am
  62. Now isn’t this real nasty of them!!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 10:28pm
  63. Well, did you honestly expect Planned Parenthood to be decent towards anyone?

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 11:07pm
  64. WHy isn't she suing the CDC? They made the policy, not Planned Parenthood, who has no choice but to follow it? quote: An [sic] source for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, speaking to LGBTQ Nation Tuesday on the condition of anonymity due to the ongoing legal suit, confirmed that the program is federally funded by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however at issue is that guidelines from the CDC stipulate that the exams only cover clients who are “genetically female.” The CDC offices in Atlanta are closed due to the current Federal Government shut down and LGBTQ Nation was unable to contact the CDC for a statement.

    Replied on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 12:59am
  65. Well, did you honestly expect Planned Parenthood to be decent towards anyone?

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 11:07pm
  66. What a bunch of idiots. Bothsexes can get breast cancer.

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 11:21pm
  67. WHy isn't she suing the CDC? They made the policy, not Planned Parenthood, who has no choice but to follow it? quote: An [sic] source for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, speaking to LGBTQ Nation Tuesday on the condition of anonymity due to the ongoing legal suit, confirmed that the program is federally funded by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however at issue is that guidelines from the CDC stipulate that the exams only cover clients who are “genetically female.” The CDC offices in Atlanta are closed due to the current Federal Government shut down and LGBTQ Nation was unable to contact the CDC for a statement.

    Replied on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 12:59am
  68. Keep in mind that transgendered MtFs who have been on HRT have REAL breasts and can get REAL Breast cancer!

    Posted on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 11:28pm
  69. WHy isn't she suing the CDC? They made the policy, not Planned Parenthood, who has no choice but to follow it? quote: An [sic] source for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, speaking to LGBTQ Nation Tuesday on the condition of anonymity due to the ongoing legal suit, confirmed that the program is federally funded by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however at issue is that guidelines from the CDC stipulate that the exams only cover clients who are “genetically female.” The CDC offices in Atlanta are closed due to the current Federal Government shut down and LGBTQ Nation was unable to contact the CDC for a statement.

    Replied on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 12:55am
  70. WHy isn’t she suing the CDC? They made the policy, not Planned Parenthood, who has no choice but to follow it? quote: An [sic] source for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, speaking to LGBTQ Nation Tuesday on the condition of anonymity due to the ongoing legal suit, confirmed that the program is federally funded by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, however at issue is that guidelines from the CDC stipulate that the exams only cover clients who are “genetically female.”

    The CDC offices in Atlanta are closed due to the current Federal Government shut down and LGBTQ Nation was unable to contact the CDC for a statement.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 12:52am
  71. (Okay, I know, men can get breast cancer, but it’s very rare!)
    That, being said…..

    WHY, IN THE FUCK… does, she want, or NEED a mammogram!!/?¿? Look, you used, to be a man, but now you’re a woman. That’s great, but REALITY CHECK TIME, you did not grow breasts!!
    There is no reason, for you to have a mammogram… because you DO NOT have boobs!!!!!
    This is soooooooo…. beyond, stupid!! It’s, a pathetic attempt; at publicity, for your decision, to have it “whacked off!!”

    Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 1:25am
  72. Because hormone replacement therapy causes *real* breasts to develop, much like a teenager going through puberty. So....yes, she has every reason to get a mammogram.

    Replied on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 7:20am
  73. The above poster is correct. Not only that but, men are also born (naturally, I might add) with mammary glands and if stimulated can and do produce breast milk. This us not a "pathetic cry for help" as you have labeled it, this is a desire to be healthy and to know within ones self that you're healthy is better medicine than little pills anyway.

    Replied on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 12:06pm
  74. As, much as it hurts; to hear, the truth, you will never be… a “real” woman, with “all, of the bells and whistles!”

    Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 1:27am
  75. … and Yes, I read the article.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 1:30am
  76. This is like a woman going into a office to get a AIDS test. Yes, typically homosexual men are at greater risk for the disease, but anyone can still get it.
    Men can still get breast cancer, but typically it’s women who get breast cancer.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 2:13am
  77. I thought Planned Parenthood was LGBT supportive????? And ANYONE can get breast cancer…not just women……Ask Peter Criss…..he had it…..

    Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 2:47am
  78. Planned Parenthood continues to disappoint….as does the CDC.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 3:45am
  79. Transgender woman as in male to female or female to male? It wasn’t made clear.
    But males can have breast cancer too so…

    Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 3:59am
  80. Male to Female. Fun story: I've been given prostate exams at doctors after hormones, but never have i been even told how to properly screen for breast cancer.

    Replied on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 11:51am
  81. Male to Female. Fun story: I've been given prostate exams at doctors after hormones, but never have i been even told how to properly screen for breast cancer.

    Replied on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 11:51am
  82. @Meisberger
    Homosexuals aren’t at a greater risk of getting AIDS. A manwhore a long time ago got it from an ape & had sex with over 500 people. Since homosexuals don’t see the need to wear condoms, it spreads, but A LOT of HIV+ heterosexuals are walking around & not realizing it.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 4:00am
  83. @Tony Salto
    You’re at a risk of breast cancer when taking transitional hormones, regardless of biological birth sex. Also, yes she grew breasts. So she wanted one to be sure nothing went wrong.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 4:02am
  84. What makes this completely insane is that men suffer from breast cancer as much as women do and they generally die from it as they don’t go get screened or tested. They usually tell others they are dying from another type of cancer since they’re ashamed to admit they’re dying from what’s considered a woman’s disease.
    Because of the fact that we were ‘informed’ of this when my mother had breast cancer, we are all checked when we find a lump or anything else and every time we go to the Dr.
    I think the CDC and Planned Parenthood missed an opportunity here and was discriminatory in the process.

    Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 8:47am
  85. That’s bullshit… anyone be it male/female or inbetween can develop breast cancer…just another discrimination act

    Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 3:25pm
  86. How horrible I’m outraged…

    Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 7:30pm
  87. What????

    Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 7:42pm
  88. Right!!

    Posted on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 8:53pm