Abstract: Discrimination against Transgender People in Health Care

by emilycao on Mai 15, 2014 - 7:14am

LGBT individuals, such as transgender people, face discrimination every day because of the societal belief of heteronormativity and cysnormativity. Transgender individuals have mental and physical health needs that make them dependent on the medical system in order to be at ease with their identity. However, they can also face discrimination and improper care when seeking help from health professionals. By being disrespected or refused by doctors, whom they are told to trust in order to become who they truly are, transgender people are even more affected by stigmatization and self-conscious about their status. In order to avoid this stress, it is important to know what causes this discrimination and how it can be prevented. To examine the issue, I analyzed three articles from different academic journals, based on different disciplines: “The State of Transgender Health Care: Policy, Law, and Medical Frameworks” from the American Journal of Public Health; “A descriptive study of the experiences of lesbian, gay an transgender parents accessing health services for their children” from the Journal of Clinical Nursing; and "Development of expertise in mental health service provision for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities" from the journal Medical Education. It was found through these articles that the main concern in the health system is doctors’ lack of knowledge about transgender issues. The medical education do not offer a proper training concerning transgender health needs, which prevent health professionals from providing an appropriate care, free from prejudices.

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