Health Care Access
Like most people in the United States, transgender and gender non-conforming people have great difficulty securing affordable, comprehensive health care. The situation is compounded by systemic discrimination and health care providers’ lack of basic cultural competency on transgender issues. Gender identity discrimination in the form of ignorance, insensitivity, and outright bigotry is alienating and keeps people from accessing medically necessary care, such as hormone therapy, surgery, and mental health services. Health care injustice has life-long effects on people’s ability to learn, work, and care for themselves mentally and physically.