Anti-Gay activist Ida Hammer wins cosmetic “Sex Change” from MVP Health Care
October 3, 2012
From the NYPOST:
From the New York Daily News:
Queens woman trapped in man’s body wins battle with insurance company that balked at paying for her sex change operation
“Ida Hammer, born a man, has lived as a female her entire life”
Yeah…. Not really. Ida is a man trapped in a man’s body and is renowned in the Lesbian community for his outrageous anti-gay campaign against Lesbians at the 2012 NYC Dyke March.
First of all Ida, better known as animal rights activist Daniel Hammer, managed to squirrel his way onto the organizing committee of the NYC Dyke March, even though he is:
1.) a male.
2.) partnered with a male.
For the record, Dykes are NEITHER male, NOR partnered with males.
Second, he got a group of other guys together and – in his position of “authority” as Dyke March organizer- stalked and hunted down lesbians who are publicly known for their feminist and gay activism and proceeded to surround and terrorize them, claiming that Dyke March is NOT A SAFE WELCOMING SPACE FOR LESBIAN FEMINIST PARTICIPANTS.
See him in action here:
For the record, NY Daily News, “living as female” does not entail men running campaigns against women and lesbians at Dyke Marches. And Daniel did not start his female impersonation until four years ago.
From the article:
“I never really was a boy,” [Hammer] said Wednesday. “From the earliest age I always knew I was a girl, unfortunately that’s not how other people saw me.”
Hammer, who was raised a Mormon in conservative Utah and moved to New York four years ago, said her parents have been very supportive — as is her longtime partner, a man.
“He already sees me as a woman,” she said. “That’s not going to be too big of an adjustment.”
Hammer’s legal battle with MVP began in July 2011, when she sought authorization from MVP for “genital reassignment surgery.”
“My insurance company denied my claim on the grounds that it was ‘cosmetic’ surgery,” said Hammer, a writer and activist.
“I have been undergoing treatment for gender dysphoria for the five years, my doctors determined that the surgery was necessary, and the insurance company was second-guessing my doctors,” said Hammer.
After MVP denied both her appeals, Hammer turned to the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, which threatened to sue.”
Not only did Hammer have the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund backing his claim, but the TLDEF press release states “In addition to TLDEF, the legal team representing Ms. Hammer included Robert Goodman, Brandon Burkart, Katherine Kriegman, Ariel Meyerstein and Susan Reagan of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP.”
Like in the recent Kosilek case, Hammer contends that his desire for cosmetic surgery represents a profound form of mental illness for which there is no treatment. The recent strangulation-killer Kosilek’s ruling, currently under appeal, was cited by Hammer’s legal team as precedent for the “medical necessity” of cosmetic “gender” surgery [PDF].