Jorden Blosser would be one of the first transgender graduates from Pass Christian High School in Mississippi.
Finishing high school with a 3.5 GPA, she had earned a full scholarship at Berea College in Kentucky.
Blosser made a name for himself for his involvement in activism and academics, earning respect and support from his peers, teachers, and family.
Jorden Blosser, a transgender boy, is set to graduate from Pass Christian School in Mississippi and would go to college with a full scholarship.
According to the transgender news article by WLOX website on May 7, Blosser made a name for himself for his involvement in activism and academics, earning respect and support from his peers, teachers, and family.
First transgender graduate
Blosser would be one of the first transgender graduates from Pass Christian High School and his graduation was a joy to experience as he was able to to live his life authentically.
Finishing high school with a 3.5 GPA, she had earned a full scholarship at Berea College in Kentucky. He was especially proud of his class ring, which he requested before he told his parents his plans to transition from girl to boy.
“It kind of signifies my transition to me because it’s a male ring but it has my birth initials on it. It’s engraved with my birth name,” he shared. “I do love my school, and I knew if I got the ring that everybody was expecting me to get, I would never wear it.” Known previously with her birth name EmmaLee, Blosser knew early on that he was different.
“It never occurred to me that I was a girl. I was just me,” he said. “It was eighth grade when I realized that things were matching up, and ninth grade when I finally had a name for that.”
He also said in an interview that he disliked looking at pictures of himself when he was younger. “I hated the way I looked in pictures,” he said looking through pictures of him in his younger years. “I hated the way I looked in tight clothes. I hated the way I looked in general. I’m pretty sure you can figure that out by the way I’m looking at the camera.”
As a sophomore, he came out to his family.
“I feel incredibly lucky and I almost cried when I finally realized that they had accepted me and that I did have support,” he recalled.
His mother, Suzi, initially thought what her son was going through was a phase.
“I would love to say I embraced it. That I was completely accepting,” she stated. “But that is not what happened. I thought it was a phase.”
She was also worried that her son may not make it in high school.
“I honestly didn’t think that he was going to make it through high school,” she said. “I was worried that he wasn’t going to survive it.”
A month after he came out, Blossen changed his name. He said he was glad that a friend called him by his preferred name.
“It just kind of blew my mind for a second, that I wasn’t alone, and that people understood me and recognized for who I am,” he expressed. Soon, his grades went up and he started coming up with plans for his future.
“He did all that. He transitioned. He brought his GPA up,” his mother remarked. “I didn’t do that. That was him. How can I not be proud of him?”
Two transgender residents filed a lawsuit against the state of Wisconsin for alleged discrimination and violation of the country’s healthcare rules according to the Tampa Bay’s recent transgender news posted on April 30.
Cody Flack, a transgender man, and Sara Ann Makenzie, a transgender woman, claimed that the state refused to consider sex-reassignment surgery medically necessary, making the two of them unqualified to apply for coverage for insurance.
In its 1997 regulation, Wisconsin deemed gender-affirming procedures as unnecessary. In effect, they are not covered by Medicaid, forcing transgender residents to pay them out of pocket.
Medicaid is an insurance program that gets its funding from the federal and state governments. It provides insurance for Americans belonging to certain asset classes such as the elderly, people diagnosed with disabilities, children, pregnant women, and parents of eligible children.
The lawsuit seeks to declare the regulation as violation to Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Specifically, it violates the provision of protecting individuals from discrimination on the basis of their gender. It also seeks compensation for emotional distress and to cover legal fees.
While there are 18 states in the United States and the District of Columbia that do provide Medicaid insurance cover for procedures intended for affirming gender identity, Wisconsin and nine others do not. The rest do not have explicit regulations.
The plaintiffs claimed that they struggled with gender dysphoria, a condition of distress that accompanied the mismatch between an individuals’ gender assigned at birth and the gender they identify with.
Those who were diagnosed with the condition can suffer a range of health issues, including depression and thoughts of committing suicide.
Despite being recognized by medical organizations, the treatment of gender dyshporia is not deemed medically necessary under Wisconsin’s state regulation.
The lawsuit asserted, “There is no medical or scientific support for Wisconsin’s contention that transition-related health care for transgender people with gender dysphoria is ‘medically unnecessary.'”
“To the contrary, there is a strong consensus among medical and mental health professionals that gender-confirming surgical procedures and hormonal treatments are the only safe and effective medical treatments for the gender dysphoria experienced by many transgender people,” according to the lawsuit.
Flack, 30, started transitioning to a man when he was a teenager. He had also suffered depression and emotional distress, and even having thoughts of taking his own life, because of his inability to become the person that he was meant to be and to completely transition to his gender identity.
A resident of the Green Bay area, Flack said that suing the state was crucial in getting the healthcare that he needed.
“I am bringing this lawsuit to get the medical care I need to finally feel like myself, on the inside and the outside,” Flack said.
Meanwhile, Makenzi, 41, who hailed from the City of Baraboo and who started transitioning as a woman way back in 2012, also suffered thoughts of committing suicide and went through episodes of self-harm to the point of cutting her genital area.
“No one should have to struggle just to be who they are,” Makenzie stated.