Bungie has said that it’s “committed to the long term work” to address trans-inclusive healthcare for its employees. This comes after an open letter from Bungie senior visual designer Signy Davis blasting the constant refusal of gender-affirming care and discriminatory treatment from Premera, the healthcare provider for employees of the Destiny 2 studio.
Echoing one of Destiny 2’s taglines, “Eyes up, Guardian,” Davis called attention to the continued dehumanizing struggle she and others face in seeking gender-affirming and life-saving care from Premera.
“[M]ajor gaps of coverage and the medical insurance industry’s repeated attempts to erase transgender people is actively harming me and my fellow coworkers now, today. I am tired of seeking care and receiving trauma instead.”
Davis is positive about her experiences within Bungie, writing “I believe in Bungie’s commitment toward bettering our inclusion, diversity, and equity. This commitment is reflected in the kindness, professionalism, and friendship I’ve been shown since my first day on the job.” But Davis challenged Bungie and the rest of the industry to do more to stand up for the healthcare needs of transgender and gender-expansive people working in the industry.
“We are grateful for Bungie employees speaking up on issues that impact them. We have had an employee reach out internally to share their lived experience and that it was important to them to also share publicly to help create awareness for this issue. We support them and appreciate their willingness to engage with us to address the issues that they and other trans/non-binary employees have faced when pursuing gender-affirming care.
“We are committed to the long-term work needed to address the issues raised. We have been engaged in conversations with many of our employees who are a part of Trans@Bungie to center their experiences to inform and shape that work.”
Bungie has been pretty vocal about social and cultural issues in the industry and beyond, speaking out about toxic gaming industry cultures, as well as against the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn abortion rights, and urging action against gun violence in the wake of America’s mass shooting crisis. Signy Davis’s post is a challenge to Bungie not to forget issues that are close to home, and the developer seems to be taking that challenge to heart, for now.