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Transgender Americans Struggle for Proper Healthcare

Jan 23, 2018

Transgender Americans Struggle for Proper HealthcareAccess to healthcare isn’t always so easy for transgender Americans.

A recent survey of 489 LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) adults revealed that almost a third of transgender respondents had “no regular doctor or form of health care.”

The telephone survey was conducted for National Public Radio, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health early last year as part of a larger study of discrimination that included 3,453 adults over age 18. The subgroup of LGBTQ respondents contributed to the current analysis.

For many transgender individuals, general discrimination is a way of life. Thirty-eight percent reported hearing slurs and 28% had heard insensitive or offensive comments. Eighteen percent said that other people had acted afraid of them. Almost a quarter felt unwelcome in a particular neighborhood or were told they didn’t belong there. Twenty-seven percent had considered moving to a new community because of discrimination where they currently lived.

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