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Transgender Health Care

Fighting Back Against Anti-Transgender Talking Points

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 08.05.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Since the publication of Time's cover story "The Transgender Tipping Point," there has been a spate of conservative op-eds in retort. The attacks follow a predictable set of talking points that rely on the reader having no scientific knowledge of the issue. However, when examined from a perspective of peer-reviewed medical consensus and law, these talking points fail utterly.

What's Next in LGBT Law

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 08.31.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

The speed with which court cases are overturning laws and state constitutional amendments limiting marriage equality is breathtaking. All of this progress (and one potential setback) does prompt one essential question, however: What's next for the LGBT community in the legal world?

How Not to Sound Like a Creationist to a Trans Person

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 05.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

When people say they support transgender people but oppose the specific issues that matter to the transgender community, it makes as much sense as saying you support the gay community, but oppose marriage equality and anti-bullying initiatives.

8 Myths About Transgender Men's Genital Reconstructions

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Mitch Kellaway

"It's not life-or-death," "It's cosmetic," "You need therapy, not surgery," and "It will burden taxpayers" are among the many toxic myths in need of exploding. So -- with the caveats that this list is not exhaustive and I am no medical expert -- it's time to bust some myths!

Myths About Gender Confirmation Surgery

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 02.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

7. "Treat the depression, not the gender dysphoria." This is similar to the idea that the best way to treat chronic back pain is with vicodin, rather than a surgery that would address the underlying problem.

Health Insurance Exchanges Might Not Be Accessible to Trans* People

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

Knowing that trans* people are reluctant to even call navigators, combined with the early confirmation of the fears that navigators don't know enough about trans* coverage, I fear that even with the increased protections, health insurance exchanges are not fundamentally accessible to trans* people.

Parts Unknown

Leslie Lagerstrom | Posted 11.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Leslie Lagerstrom

Severe pain in my 17-year-old son's abdomen took us to the ER last week. It's one of those situations that everyone dreads, but if you're transgender, there can be an added level of anxiety when the medical professionals aren't current on trans health care. Such was the case for us.

Transgender Health Insurance (Part 2): Why Coverage Is Only the Beginning

Mitch Kellaway | Posted 11.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Mitch Kellaway

When I learned that my insurance would pay for my top surgery, I thought the deal was sealed, but I faced two unanticipated limiting factors while preparing for surgery: (1) finding a surgeon willing to work with insurance, and (2) fitting the profile of a "properly" insurable trans person.

30 Companies That Stand With Transgender Americans

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 09.03.2013 | Business

By announcing Thursday that she is a female and wants to be identified as such, Chelsea Manning swiftly brought national attention to the struggles of...

When Will Transgender New Yorkers Gain Acceptance in Hospitals?

Sunny Bjerk | Posted 08.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Sunny Bjerk

In the state of New York, it is still legal for a doctor to refuse to treat a transgender or gender-nonconforming person. Unfortunately, because New York has yet to pass the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, individuals have no legal recourse to challenge this discrimination.

7 Goals Of Trans Activism

Autumn Sandeen | Posted 07.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Autumn Sandeen

There are whys to transgender activism, but beyond the whys, there are the whats of transgender activism: the goals. Here are seven goals of trans activism, with some explanation as to why these are trans activism goals.

Should Transgender Health Procedures Be Covered By Insurance?

AP | JONATHAN J. COOPER | Posted 01.16.2013 | Los Angeles

SALEM, Ore. -- Regulators in Oregon and California have quietly directed some health insurance companies to stop denying coverage for transgender pati...

Let's Be Clear: Transgender Discrimination Is Sex Discrimination

Ian Thompson | Posted 10.09.2012 | Gay Voices
Ian Thompson

We at the ACLU will continue to push for clarity that bans on sex discrimination protect those who are transgender. Let's celebrate the fact that it is becoming increasingly clear that discrimination against transgender individuals, be it in the workplace or in a health-care setting, is sex discrimination.

Transgender Woman Insured For Mammogram After Legal Battle

Posted 01.27.2014 | Gay Voices

A New Jersey-based transgender woman has successfully appealed a decision made by her health insurance company to deny her coverage for a mammogram, e...

Feds List LGBT People Among Priority Populations Affected By Health Disparities

Abbe Land | Posted 06.26.2012 | Gay Voices
Abbe Land

A big development seems to have flown under the health care radar. For the first time ever, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people have been identified as a priority population affected by health disparities.

SOPA And Transition Medicine: We've Been Here Before

Valerie Keefe | Posted 03.24.2012 | Gay Voices
Valerie Keefe

There are trans people who depend on grey-market Internet pharmacies when they live in places where transition treatment is not legally proscribed but effectively proscribed, much like access to abortion. SOPA would curtail access to those pharmacies.

In Defense of Basic Health Care for Transgender New Yorkers

Pooja Gehi, Esq. | Posted 12.14.2011 | Gay Voices
Pooja Gehi, Esq.

Medicaid recipients who are diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder (GID) are currently refused treatment because of a biased and outdated regulation that discriminates against transgender individuals. 

A New Tool For Treating Transgender People

Joanne Herman | Posted 06.17.2011 | Home
Joanne Herman

Last week saw the release of an important new resource for medical providers serving transsexual and gender-variant patients: The Primary Care Protocol for Transgender Patient Care.

More U.S. Companies Covering Transgender Surgery

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

SAN FRANCISCO — When Gina Duncan decided to undergo the medical treatment that would make her a woman, she had plenty to fear. The reactions of her ...

U Of Penn Latest To Offer Transgender Insurance

Huffington Post | Leah Finnegan | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Come this fall, the University of Pennsylvania's insurance plan will absorb the cost of gender reassignment surgery. The Daily Pennsylvanian reports:...

Transforming Health, From Serbia To Sacramento

David Scamell | Posted 03.06.2013 | Gay Voices
David Scamell

Across the world, many trans people face blatant discrimination that prevents them from accessing medical care and pushes them into lowers standards of health. But a new report profiles the ways that trans communities are standing up, organizing and advocating for better standards of health.