“Do you remember throwing pennies into a fountain when you were younger? Do you remember making a wish before tossing a coin over your shoulder? I recently talked to a patient who’d had only one wish as a child. That wish was to wake up in a different body, the right body.
Caring for transgender patients is an honor. The trust they give you in that first meeting is intense when, after having only just met you, they discuss when they came to understand gender and feel that the body they were in was wrong. Helping patients who identify as transgender and gender-nonconforming access gender-affirming hormones is a privilege. Health care and bodily autonomy are rights of all our patients.
Patients who identify as transgender often share stories of discrimination by close friends and family, as well as by co-workers, bosses and medical professionals. These experiences coincide with increased incidence of mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression. They also lead to distrust of health professionals and reduced access to health care.”