Trans Employee Sues Employer For Refusing to Pay $40,000 to Fix ‘Her’ Mannish Face

“Once you start catering to people’s pathologies, it seldom ends well or at a reasonable point.” — John Hawkins

I know it’s kind of a d*ck move to start this article out by quoting myself, but that quote is so applicable here it hurts.

Christina Ketcham, a 59-year-old longtime Clatsop County employee, has already undergone sex reassignment surgery and hormone replacement therapy. She has also worked with a voice coach and changed her name, clothes and hairstyle to match her gender identity.

Ketcham’s doctors advised that “facial feminization surgery” was the “medically necessary” next step. But Citycounty Insurance Services and Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, which handle insurance for Clatsop County employees, have refused to cover the cost of the surgery, the lawsuit says.