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Becoming a Trans Knowledgeable Provider
August 12 @ 8:30 am - 4:45 pm
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) are members of every community. Individuals that identify as LGBT are diverse, come from all walks of life, and include people of all races and ethnicities, all ages, all socioeconomic statuses, and from all parts of the United States. The perspectives and needs of LGBT people should be routinely considered in public health efforts to improve the overall health of every person and eliminate health disparities.
The National LGBT Health Education Center, A program of the Fenway Institute, looked specifically at transgender discrimination and found tremendous health disparity and inequality. The National Transgender Discrimination Survey identified the following: 50% of the individual surveyed reported teaching their medical providers about transgender care; 19% were refused care due to transgender or gender non-conforming status; 28% postponed necessary medical care when sick or injured due to discrimination by health care providers; and 33% delayed or did not try to get preventive healthcare due to discrimination by health care providers. It has been well documented that the LGBT community has higher rates of mental health issues, substance abuse and suicide attempts and The Fenway Institute in their survey published that the lifetime suicide attempt rate by the transgender population was 41%.
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