When is the last time you went to the doctor for a minor ailment and were told “I’m sorry, I don’t know how to treat you,” or “We don’t treat ‘people like you’ here.” Sounds far-fetched, doesn’t it? I mean, what doctor in their right mind would treat a patient so badly, or not treat them at all? Well, the truth is that it does happen, but generally only to those people who identify as transgender or gender non-conforming. Transgender people have been making the news a lot more in recent years, but most of the buzz has been around bathroom usage instead of real problems like equal access to employment, to housing, and to culturally competent medical care.
At an Equality Act hearing in the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Pramila Jayapal made the deeply personal revelation.
Transgender and gender-nonconforming people often run into unnecessary barriers that make their jobs harder than they need to be. Here are 10 actions that social sector organizations can take to help.
Three in five people internationally report that they would intentionally misgender a transgender person, according to a recent survey.
As scientists, we are compelled to write to you, our elected representatives, about the current administration’s proposal to legally define gender as a binary condition determined at birth, based on genitalia, and with plans to clarify disputes using “genetic testing”.1 This proposal is fundamentally inconsistent not only with science, but also with ethical practices, human rights, and basic dignity.2
Recently the author of a Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria (ROGD) study lied to a credulous Canadian reporter who printed misleading medical and psychological information that can encourage parents to withhold evidence-based care from their children. The following is an excerpt from Canada’s The Globe and Mailnewspaper:
Research published in Pediatrics indicated a higher prevalence ratio of certain mental health disorders in transgender and/or gender-nonconforming (TGNC) youth compared with cisgender controls, suggesting an urgent need for improved measures of social and clinical support.