Failed by the healthcare system, transgender people find help elsewhere

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11/07/2021

For many transgender people, accessing gender-affirming care is a labyrinth of insurance coverage trap doors, referral letter hoops, and discriminatory falling axes. Social media and online communities are often the guiding threads out of the waiting room. Gender-affirming care is lifesaving. It has been shown to reduce the risk of suicide and increase the mental health and overall wellbeing of trans individuals. The American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Psychological Association all released statements this year on the life-threatening consequences that restricting gender-affirming care would have on trans youth. When legal protections for transgender people are something that can be lost with a mere flip of the political switch, and healthcare systems still don’t know how to meet their needs, many trans people turn to online communities to help them live as their true selves.

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