Quare: Who is healthcare for?

At the beginning of December, I had a letter to the editor published in the Irish Times after following the advice of my Leaving Cert English teacher: keep it brief and send it early. (Thank you, Ms. Gallagher, wherever you are.)

In it, I talked about how far removed from my own experience as a trans woman the discussion of so-called ‘trans issues’ in the media is, with its insular obsession with terminology and debate and that old paradox: calling out silencing. My life, instead, is lived under the pall of the HSE waiting list I’ve been on for over two years. And you might say: so what? Lots of people are on waiting lists for medical treatment in this country, and delays are to be expected in a global pandemic.

The rest of this piece can be read here.