According to this report, I must be one of the lucky ones. My regular doctor is sensitive to transgender health concerns, mostly because he did his internship in an inner-city hospital. He is nothing if not respectful and does not hesitate to make referrals if he is dealing with something unfamiliar. I’m also lucky because of my proximity to the U of Minnesota where I frequently bump into medical students actually meeting and listening to transgender clients.
Lucky as I may be, not every other LGBT person can say the same. Discrimination and ignorance will persist. Yes, LGBT folks need to continue being vocal for competent health education and care (remembering not to leave anybody in the LGBT spectrum behind), but we really need everybody to insist that health coverage is not only affordable but competent. Please think about this carefully and challenge your own health care preconceptions.