Transgender People and Health Care: How Research from Public Health, Gender and Sexuality, and Political Science Can Help the Problem
by emilycao on April 7, 2014 - 11:55pm
In my recent articles, I’ve touched upon the issue of transgender rights, and more specifically on problems encountered when accessing health services. When writing the post “Transgender People’s Problem with Doctors”, I was surprised to see that transgender people had to face discrimination even from doctors. To feel more comfortable with themselves, it is important to support transgender people and inform them of options they have concerning surgeries or hormone treatments. In fact, the author of the article “The State of Transgender Health Care: Policy, Law, and Medical Frameworks” from the American Journal of Public Health mentions that gender transition requires for transgender people to be dependent on the medical system for basic identity expression. In my latest post, I discuss about clinics in Canada offering support for transgender youth. From these articles, I’ve been dragged to search more about problems with the health system for transgender people and ways to improve their access to health care.
For my research paper, I will consider journal articles from the disciplines of public health, gender and sexuality, and political science. Public health studies focus on the community’s health through education, research, promotion of healthy lifestyles and prevention of disease and injury. It touches upon health services and health systems research. This can be useful to learn about the health system and what can be improved for a better care of transgender people. The gender and sexuality discipline studies gender identity, the meanings of “male” and “female”, and sexual norms. Since it also discusses how society’s perception of gender and sexuality is influenced by transphobia, among others, it can be useful to understand what prejudices medical professionals can have, preventing transgender people from having adequate health care. Finally, political science is mainly a study of politics. It also looks at public policy issues and examines questions of values. Many topics can relate to this discipline, such as human rights and gender. This discipline is useful for my research as it will provide information on medical policies, helping me have an overall view on how the medical system deals with transgender people and how discrimination of transgender people goes against human rights.