Transgender and LGBTQ Friendly Medicine
Kelly Washburn, NP has worked as an endocrinology and LGBTQ specialist in addiction to her primary care practice.
You can learn more about Kelly Washburn and her experience HERE.
What is Transgender Health Medicine?
Transgender is an umbrella term for a diverse group of people—such as trans women (male-to-female) and trans men (female-to-male), genderqueer individuals, and many others—whose gender identity or expression differs from societal expectations of how they should look, act, or identify based on the sex they were assigned at birth. Transgender and other gender minority people are often the targets of discrimination and harassment that can lead to negative health outcomes.
Here’s a useful tool from The Safe Zone Project to learn more.
Transgender people face numerous health disparities as well as stigma, discrimination, and lack of access to quality care. Some health disparities include an increased risk of HIV infection, especially among transgender women of color, and lower likelihood of preventive cancer screenings in transgender men. See the graphic below for more information.
There are a number of relatively simple things that can be done in an office to make transgender patients more comfortable:
- Gender-neutral bathrooms
- Leaving a blank space after the question on gender or offering a “transgender” option on intake forms
- Gender-neutral language (such as “partner”) when asking about a patient’s sexual or relationship history
Many transgender people choose to undergo hormone replacement therapy to more closely align their bodies with their identities. Often, a primary care physician and/or endocrinologist manage their care. The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) offers up-to-date guidelines.