Transgender people, like all people, deserve skilled, compassionate, and comprehensive health care.
Knowledgeable care can mean the difference between life and death for our community. TLC improves access to health care and the quality of that care through provider and community education, litigation, and policy research and advocacy.
Life Planning Documents for Transgender Communities
Protect Trans Health
ACA Fact Sheet
10 Tips for Working with Transgender Patients (for providers)
Trans Benefits in California: How to Appeal your Health Care Denial
Transgender Health Benefits: Negotiating for Inclusive Coverage
The National Center for Transgender Equality offers a step-by-step guide to accessing gender-affirming care through insurance plans.
Legal’s Transgender Insurance Roadmap Videos
A video series explaining the process of accessing gender-affirming care through insurance, including guidance on challenging denials.
A surgery outcomes resource for the trans community, offering photos and first-hand accounts shared by people who have undergone different medical procedures.
World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) is a professional and educational organization devoted to transgender health. They engage in clinical and academic research to develop evidence-based medicine and strive to promote a high quality of care for transsexual, transgender, and gender-nonconforming individuals internationally.
TLDEF’s Trans Health Project
The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund’s (TLDEF’s) Trans Health Project aims to ensure that all transgender and non-binary people can access the trans-related health care that they need. They offer a comprehensive tutorial to accessing gender-affirming care through insurance, as well as resources including sample letters, guides to finding providers, and more information about appeals and grievance processes.
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In The News
On Monday, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS) announced a proposed rule that would substantially strengthen protections against discrimination in accessing healthcare. While the proposed rule is open for public comment, the Rollback Rule issued under the Trump Administration that gutted Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act is still in the books.
Transgender Law Center Denounces SCOTUS Opinion overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey
The Transgender Law Center strongly denounces the Supreme Court’s Opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization as a despicable, shameless, and politically-motivated attack on the bodily autonomy of all people, especially those people who are exercising their right to end pregnancies.
Two Alabama families filed a lawsuit in federal court today challenging a recently passed law that criminalizes medical professionals who provide care to transgender adolescents with up to 10 years in prison. The families say being denied medically necessary care will be devastating for the mental and physical health of their adolescent children. The lawsuit alleges that the new Alabama law violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.