Who ordered the two grande knockers, no milk?
This week Starbucks announced it would begin to provide support for “top surgery” for employees suffering from gender dysphoria through its employee health program.
“Top surgery” includes facial feminization surgery, hair transplants, and chest augmentation or reduction.
Bottom surgery–augmenting the genitals–was previously covered by Starbucks since 2012, with the upper half not included.
Of the news, gay blog PinkNews wrote, “Trans advocates have highlighted that medical transition is often represented as one surgery, when it actually involves multiple procedures that take many years.”
These surgeries can run from a few thousand dollars up to more than a $100 thousand in the U.S., according to Time.
The move comes right after allegations of two Starbucks chains discriminating against a transgender man towards the end of last year. In that case Paul Bray, who was born a woman, sued a local Starbucks store for discrimination claiming an employee was rude after finding out Bray “was not a real man.” The Hennepin County District Court in Minnesota threw out the case due to insufficient evidence. Bray persisted and the case was reinstated through appeals.
Bray began to go to another Starbucks store and got wind that a female employee reportedly told her colleague in private “I want to have sex with him,” referring to Bray. Bray decided to sue them, too.
Massive consequences come along with surgeries that attempt to cosmetically change one’s gender. A reported 40% attempted suicide rate among the self-identified transgender community remains–a staggering contrast roughly nine times higher than the general population. Most studies claim the suicide rate doesn’t drop after sexual reassignment surgeries.
Reversal surgery and “gender change regret” for the kind of operations that Starbucks now encourages are also a very serious issue. Studies from the U.S. and Holland found that up to one in five people to go undergo gender re-assignment surgery experience regret after the fact.
One study found that the majority of sampled transgender individuals had some other co-occurring psychiatric issue that could exacerbate gender illusions and could not be solved under the knife.
Starbucks has pushed head first into publicity stunts designed to appeal to progressives lately, including the company’s announcement to hire Syrian refugees, the former owner criticizing Trump, and forcing 8,000 stores to close in May for race training after allegations of racial profiling at a store in Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia incident led to Starbucks changing its policies regarding “non-paying customers,” stating it would allow anyone to hang out in its stores regardless of whether they make a purchase. Shortly after that, the coffee giant raised prices.
The leap into progressive politics doesn’t seem to be paying off. This month, Starbucks announced it would be closing 150 stores beginning in 2019.
feature image: Starbucks press photo