1. Some trans people on Twitter have been using the hashtag #TransHealthFail to share the bad experiences they’ve had with doctors and other health care providers.
2. People tweeted about experiences that were insulting and offensive…
3. That created barriers to transition…
4. That showed that even some facilities that claim to specialize in LGBT patients need more training:
6. The hashtag was started by MyTransHealth, a new organization that wanted to make the public more aware of the barriers to good health care trans people face.
7. Lack of quality health care is well-known in the trans community, MyTransHealth co-founder Amelia Gapin told BuzzFeed Life.
That’s why MyTransHealth — which, once launched, will connect transgender people to medical providers who have been vetted and found to provide good, respectful care to trans people — shared some of these stories in the video for its Kickstarter.
9. “We wanted something that really started the conversation we think needs to happen and we wanted to involve more of our community,” Gapin said.
10. Using the hashtag, trans people shared stories about therapists who seemed to lack some basic training:
11. Doctors who didn’t know how to treat transgender patients…for ailments that had nothing to do with their status as trans:
12. Front office staff who didn’t understand why it might be uncomfortable or unsafe for a person to have their previous name on display in a waiting room:
13. The serious delays in getting hormone replacement therapy (HRT):
14. Lack of affordable options for gender confirming surgery:
15. Life-threatening errors made by doctors who might not fully understand hormone replacement therapy:
16. The frustration of not even having a box to check on intake forms:
17. And the trauma caused by a doctor who won’t acknowledge your identity:
And intentionally disregards your gender and name, instead referring to you by your assigned sex and name at birth.
18. The #TransHealthFail tweets illustrate just how much trans people need quality medical care, but so do the statistics.
“Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey” states that in the transgender community (a number MyTransHealth pegs at about 750,000 people in the U.S.), the rate of HIV infection is four times the national average, that one in four people experienced delays to medical care, and that 19% were refused care altogether. And that 50% of transgender patients educate their own doctors.
19. This is exactly what MyTransHealth wants to fix. And now it can start: On July 30 it announced that its project was funded.
“We were floored by the response and that people trusted and believed in us enough to do that. This actually gave us a lot of momentum and helped us reach our funding goal that night. I was shocked, myself,” Gapin said via email.
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