For as long as trans medicine has been around, so has its opposition. The tactics of prior waves of anti-trans policies are still in play today.
Improving the health of people who are trans and gender diverse means improving access to family doctors who are supportive, competent and confident in providing access to gender-affirming care.
The first transgender medical clinic opened in the US in the 1960s. But cisgender and intersex children began receiving similar treatments even earlier – often without their consent.
The closure of the virtual Connect-Clinic means fewer trans and non-binary people will get the vital health-care services they need.
Providing appropriate care for both cisgender women and trans and nonbinary people need not be mutually exclusive.
Sexual transmission was suspected in around 90% of transgender women patients but only in 61% of cisgender women and non-binary patients.
While gender-affirming health care is essential to the well-being of trans people, access to quality services varies significantly by geographic region and social context.
Testosterone therapy is often essential for the health and well-being of transmasculine people. The choice to stop it to pursue pregnancy can be a difficult one.
Pain during sex is common, but research on the topic focuses on a narrow heterosexual, cisgender definition of sex, excluding lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people’s experiences.
A wealth of evidence supports the protective mental health effects of gender-affirming care, despite ongoing legislation that asserts otherwise.
The survey also found that trans people who live in their affirmed gender report experiencing less stigma, anxiety and depression.
Trying to get help for gender dysphoria is rigorous and stressful for young people and their families, it shouldn’t be this way.