Regarding access to healthcare, transgender individuals often face the most obstructive barriers when attempting to receive care. Whether they are seeking access to hormones, therapy, general health services, reproductive healthcare, or specialty healthcare, transgender patients typically cannot get what they need without jumping through many hoops or hiding their identities. This occurs especially so in cases of intersecting identities -- where an individual is not just transgender, but is transgender and a person of color, disabled, gay, indigenous, undocumented, poor, etc. These intersecting identities interact in multifaceted ways to produce even more barriers for trans individuals seeking healthcare due to healthcare provider bias, insurance requirements, and doctors’ general unwillingness to help coupled with inaccessibility founded on racism, transphobia, homophobia, mental illness stigmatization, etc.
In many cases, including that of Kosilek, gender dysphoria can lead to self-mutilation, self- castration, and suicide attempts.
When people want to be theirself, doesn 't everyone deserve that chance at that much freedom? According to the national LGBTQ Task Force transgender people are not that lucky when it comes to the demographics of social media. On CNN website there 's an article that discusses how transgender people are twice as likely to be unemployed and four times more likely to live in poverty compared with the general population and these disparities are much greater for transgender black and latina woman said Emanuela Grinberg writer for CNN.
On September 18th, 2017, the state of California enrolled the female, male and nonbinary gender recognition identity bill. This sparks the Gender Recognition Act, allowing members of the California state who have undergone clinically appropriate treatment for the purpose of gender transition, rights to their appropriate gender. The trans community members of the california state are now legally allowed to change to the accurate gender role on their driver's licenses and birth certificate thus allowing more freedom and independence by obtaining state issued identity documents that accurately reflect their gender. We use are gender identity everyday of our lives, when we apply for a job, use our credit cards, for someone who will use their I.D
accessing care (NHRA, 2014). To this end, taking into consideration rural locales, and their unique (or lack of) public health offerings and a prevalence of mental health disorders (due to locale and military service), I would recommend, like Rishel & Hartnett (2015) that there be an additional 6,000 mental health practitioners so as to help meet the urgent needs of rural veterans.
Have you ever been shopping at Target? Did you know that the Target corporation opened their first Target store in 1902, and currently operates 1,793 stores? This company has been shopped by millions of customers. On April 19, 2016 Target made a big change in their companies policies. Transgenders now
Case Presentation Hue is a fourteen year old African-American and Asian transgender female to male, self-referred to the agency for depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideations on transgender suicide in the media. Hue is a 9th grader in high school, and he describes satisfactory academic progress. He lives with his mother, and visits his father in the summer in Michigan. Hue reports three friends he is close with and one being his best friend for eight years. Hue’s mother does not approve of his friendship with his best friend due to the verbal abuse in the past, but Hue reports that the disagreement was in the past and they have rebuilt their relationship.
Leelah Alcorn Leelah Alcorn was a transgender girl who was highly unaccepted by her parents, which actually led to her suicide. Ever since she was four years
The health needs of transgender individuals within Canada are as diverse as the community themselves. These health needs represent a holistic concern within Canada, which includes emotional, mental, physical, spiritual, and financial issues. The strategy that will be used to address these issues will involve photovoice. Peers from specified geographic areas will be recruited to take photos that represent their lived experiences and successes, inequities, barriers, and gaps in relation to their health needs within a micro, meso, and macro context. These photos will be later displayed through the mediums of online blogs, photobooks, and an art show. Issues needing further consideration for the strategy include engagement and recruitment
I read “Childhood abuse and depressive vulnerability in clients with gender dysphoria” by Malcolm T. Firth a therapist who works at Manchester University in the United Kingdom. This study was conducted to start a discussion about the issues that individuals with gender dysphoria experience from early childhood to adulthood. Firth wanted to provide more insight to offer better psychological help to gender dysphoric clients by working through childhood hardships. He used two case studies, one for a male to female named Mel and the other for a female to male named Paul. Firth’s study was also aided by 9 articles that highlighted the struggles of individuals treated at a GD clinic. By the end of the study, no link between depressive vulnerability and child abuse was found. However there was a much higher percentage of abuse in adults who said they had experienced gender dysphoria as a child or teenager.
When he began his studies of identity and sexuality on young children, he worked with expert psychiatrists, psychologist, and social workers in New York to understand gender dysmorphia, a condition in which one’s “biological gender” does not match one’s self-perception or “brain gender.” Through his help, he was able to find families dealing with a child going through this condition at a young age. Going into is study, he had a stereotypical view of transgender, gay and lesbian individual but, ironically, he was gay himself. For 11 months, he interviewed 30 people and their families to see what children deal with when they feel like they don’t belong to their gender and
The biggest factor that needs to be understood, addressed, and dealt with is the rate of suicide of transgender students. Transgender students in high school and college are more likely to attempt suicide at a point in their life if they are not offered gender appropriate programming, housing, bathrooms and locker rooms, counseling, health care, and having name changes on records and documents. There have been countless times that I have gone into the women’s restroom, because I am not fully transitioned and I know that I do not pass as well as I would like to, and I get a mean look or someone tells me I’m in the wrong restroom. I have been at work cleaning the restrooms and a women asks me to leave so she may use the restroom, because she
In general terms, I have never given gender identity much thought prior to this reading. Yes, I saw headlines about various people undergoing surgery to change their gender, but I did not consider all of the implications, and how it affects many people, other than the person who is receiving the surgery. Gender dysphoria affects social, medical, and even cultural perspectives, Yarhouse points out, when a child begins to show behaviors similar to the opposite sex, it places a lot of responsibility on the parents to how they should handle the situation. This leads off into how companies treat their employees who identify as transgender, and at various other places such as schools at all levels of education (Yarhouse, p. 15). As well as to how
I have never been comfortable with the topic of gender dysphoria. Comer (2013) describes the disorder where a “…people persistently feel that a vast mistake has been made, they have been born the wrong sex, and gender changes would be desirable” (356). It is very hard for me to wrap my brain around the idea that a person would be unaccepting of the gender that they were born with. I found it very interesting to read some of the explainations that involve biological reasoning for the disorder. It helped me gain a little understanding about why some of the people might experience the thoughts about their bodies and genders. Comer says that children even as young as three years old can display hate towards girly clothing, prefer to be around boys,
Early research in regards to gender dysphoria, is primarily rooted in psychological causality. Some of these main causes were thought to be solely dysfunctional family dynamics or a traumatic childhood. However, as research continued there was little evidence found to uphold this theory.