Health·Posted on Aug 3, 2015Trans People Are Using #TransHealthFail And It's Making A DifferenceFrom being denied medical care to doctors who use anti-trans epithets and much more.by Sally TamarkinBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 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. Parker Molloy @ParkerMolloy There was a time I had to take a pregnancy test before getting a chest x-ray despite lacking uterus. #transhealthfail 11:22 PM - 30 Jul 2015 Reply Retweet Favorite People tweeted about experiences that were insulting and offensive... Meatus Meteora @tudodkii This doctor then told me that at med school in NYC, he would take new students out to sightsee "transvestite prostitutes". #transhealthfail 01:10 PM - 31 Jul 2015 Reply Retweet Favorite That created barriers to transition... sunfilter @sunfilter 3 years ago I saw a gender therapist (a cis woman) who told me I wasn't "trans enough" to transition. #transhealthfail 02:06 AM - 31 Jul 2015 Reply Retweet Favorite That showed that even some facilities that claim to specialize in LGBT patients need more training: James @transhawkguy getting misgendered in my discharge papers from a psych unit that specialized in lgbt patients #transhealthfail 02:24 PM - 01 Aug 2015 Reply Retweet Favorite And lots more. twitter.com 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. MyTransHealth @MyTransHealth We’ve all experienced a trans health care fail. Here are a few we’ve heard since announcing MyTransHealth. Share yours with #transhealthfail 07:12 PM - 30 Jul 2015 Reply Retweet Favorite Lack of quality health care is well-known in the trans community, MyTransHealth co-founder Amelia Gapin told BuzzFeed Life. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF kickstarter.com 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. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF kickstarter.com "We wanted something that really started the conversation we think needs to happen and we wanted to involve more of our community," Gapin said. Using the hashtag, trans people shared stories about therapists who seemed to lack some basic training: Meatus Meteora @tudodkii Me: "I'm trans. Non-binary." Psych: "You don't LOOK transgender." "Wait. So does that make your boyfriend a homosexual?" #transhealthfail 01:07 PM - 31 Jul 2015 Reply Retweet Favorite Doctors who didn't know how to treat transgender patients...for ailments that had nothing to do with their status as trans: literal bag of ducks @duckinator "I don't know how to treat a transgender." "... I'm here about joint pain I've had since before starting HRT?" #transhealthfail 07:53 PM - 30 Jul 2015 Reply Retweet Favorite 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: Phœnix @iamphoenixgray GP receptionist says theres nothing they can do about your full legal name on a big screen in the waiting room to call you #transhealthfail 04:24 PM - 31 Jul 2015 Reply Retweet Favorite The serious delays in getting hormone replacement therapy (HRT): Lily The Latias @CaptButterToast The only way to prescribe HRT meds to a minor without a 6-12 month wait time in Mass. US is to lie to the state. #transhealthfail 02:18 AM - 01 Aug 2015 Reply Retweet Favorite Lack of affordable options for gender confirming surgery: Peter @eburskibuc My body holds me back. I cant afford the medical care I need to change this #transhealthfail #transgender #topsurgery 03:14 PM - 01 Aug 2015 Reply Retweet Favorite Life-threatening errors made by doctors who might not fully understand hormone replacement therapy: Tobi Hill-Meyer @Tobitastic Whem my self-medicating friend caught a life-threatening mistake my pcp made re: hrt, I decided I'm safer self-medicating #transhealthfail 10:35 PM - 31 Jul 2015 Reply Retweet Favorite The frustration of not even having a box to check on intake forms: not ur bb @ThelmaSleaze Going to Planned Parenthood and not having a gender option that fits, or a write in. #transhealthfail 05:29 PM - 31 Jul 2015 Reply Retweet Favorite And the trauma caused by a doctor who won't acknowledge your identity: Social Justice Angel @valoryfox Saw private clinician. Tells me he doesn't think I'm trans, consistently misgenders and deadnames me in report afterwards. #TransHealthFail 08:30 PM - 30 Jul 2015 Reply Retweet Favorite And intentionally disregards your gender and name, instead referring to you by your assigned sex and name at birth. The #TransHealthFail tweets illustrate just how much trans people need quality medical care, but so do the statistics. kickstarter.com "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. This is exactly what MyTransHealth wants to fix. And now it can start: On July 30 it announced that its project was funded. MyTransHealth @MyTransHealth Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who’s supported us! We couldn’t be more excited to announce MyTransHealth IS FUNDED! 01:33 AM - 31 Jul 2015 Reply Retweet Favorite "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. It will launch first in New York City and the Miami metro area. They hope to soon expand to expand to San Francisco, Chicago, and Philadelphia. kickstarter.com Which is awesome.