Posted By Eric Ethington (Author) on August 2, 2010
Indiana – Erin Vaught, a transgender woman, was rushed to the emergency room after she began coughing up blood, but once there she was ridiculed by hospital staff who called her “he-she” and “it,” and eventually denied treatment because of the “transvestite thing.”
Vaught said when she, her wife and son went to the ER on July 18, she was entered into the hospital computer system as male despite an ID that stated she was female. The other got a very annoyed look on her face.”
“I pointed out that my ID says female,” Vaught said. “There were two ladies there, and one of them snickered a little bit and covered her
When she went to the exa- room, 3he was met with stares and insults and was referred to as a “he-she,” an “it,” and a “transvestite.”
Vaught said she was kept waiting for two hours without any treatment before a doctor saw her and said she couldn’t treat her because of her transgender condition.
“I was confused,” Vaught said. “I told them I didn’t know my condition, that’s why I was there. She said ‘No, the transvestite thing.’ She said I couldn’t see a doctor until I came back with test orders from my doctor in Indy.”
[Vivian] Benge [president of the Indiana Transgender Rights Advocacy Alliance] said such reactions are not uncommon. But Vaught and her supporters wrote about her experience on the hospital’s Facebook page, attracting the attention of advocacy groups including the Indiana Transgender Rights Advocacy Alliance and Indiana Equality.