The Trans Consumer


Harkins Theatres (Employer)

i spoke with the general manager about my being trans

my intention was simply to discuss bathroom cleaning and usage. she told me right off the bat that she had been meaning to discuss my being transgender with me and wanted to ask me what i am comfortable with as far as the schedule goes.

she told me she had already spoken with corporate about the situation since she has never hired a trans-person before, and she wanted to treat me properly. she always referred to me as he. i thought i was going to have to over explain that bathrooms are a sticky situation for me since my anatomy would dictate that i go to the womyn’s room (in a society that conflates sex and gender) but my appearance and identity would make womyn possibly feel as though i am a predator in their space, which is the last thing i want especially since i’m a feminist. i didn’t have to explain anything. she was like you live as a male, you dress as a male, you’re male. you use/clean the men’s room.

she said she may have to manually put my name into the schedule every week since it’s a computer system that automatically puts your legal name in but that it wasn’t a problem. she also said that if anything happened in the men’s room (like me being assaulted or something) that i would just not have to do restroom checks anymore. she also said that she’d like to avoid that to keep my privacy intact.

my rating for harkins, especially since this particular location has never had to deal with trans-persons before, is 5/5.



Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center (review on testosterone)
September 24, 2010, 10:44 pm
Filed under: 4/5, los angeles, places, rating, text | Tags: , , , ,

The LA Gay and Lesbian Center is where I’m getting my T. They do others things as well though.

Pros:

  • Set up appointments via email
  • File paperwork via fax/scanning
  • You don’t have to be from the area to get testosterone
  • The experience as a whole was extremely trans-friendly with the exception of the phlebotomist. The file they have is under my preferred name despite me not legally changing it yet.
  • They accept PPO insurance and have a sliding scale if you don’t have insurance or if they don’t accept yours.

Cons:

  • Literally, they have one doctor that administers the T, and she lives in San Francisco.
  • I had to wait 6 months for my first appointment
  • It seems a bit unorganized. I was told not to eat for a while before my appointment, and the secretary said they stopped telling patients that since some had passed out in the passed. This is indeed a way to scare a patient during his first appointment.
  • It’s still pretty expensive with the sliding scale. $165 for the first visit and $100 for the second (the second appointment, by the way, comes much sooner than the first).

Overall, I give it a 4/5. The trans-affirming environment outweighs the cons, especially if you have never experienced it before.

Note: You do NOT need a letter from a therapist for this location.