The Washington Times is claiming taxpayers will have to pay for “tranny grannies”, after Medicare ended a ban on gender confirmation therapy.

Last week, it was announced that the ban on Medicare being used to fund surgery for trans people had been lifted, following a ruling by the US Health and Human Services Department, allowing funding to be allowed on a case-by-case basis

Medicare is a national health insurance program which helps to provide insurance to the elderly and disabled.

The Washington Times carried an editorial criticising the decision yesterday, using a transphobic slur, as well as apparently confusing gay people and trans people.

It claimed: “When an elderly woman develops self-image problems, she can’t put the public on the hook to pay for her Botox and liposuction. An otherwise healthy man can’t charge his toupee to the U.S. Treasury.

“The special treatment only applies to homosexuals.

“This surgery is not a medically necessary procedure, but an indulgence. The homosexual organizations represent only a tiny percentage of the population, but gays typically have a larger than average disposable income, so they could easily set up a charitable foundation to pay for sex-change operations for those who can’t afford them.

“The late homosexual activist icon Harvey Milk got his own U.S. postage stamp May 22, so why not his likeness on Mount Rushmore?”

Last month, the US drag venue Trannyshack announced it would change its name to T-Shack, because of the negative connotations of its name.

Drag artist RuPaul Charles has repeatedly defended the use of the word, saying: “Don’t you dare tell me what I can do or say. It’s just words. You know what? Bitch, you need to get stronger.”