We Stand United and Strong with our Trans Community
Jun 12, 2020 4:00 PM
The University of Utah Health’s Transgender Health Program and Office of the Associate Vice President for Health Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion stand united and strong with our trans community.
We acknowledge the humiliation and degradation that many in the trans community face when receiving care, both the conscious and unconscious, inflicted by institutions, including our own. This is particularly impactful at a time when we are living through a global pandemic as well as bearing witness to the increasing acknowledgment of how intersectional identities affect daily lives.
COVID-19 has shed light on the disparities within the LGBTQ community. LGBTQ folks are more vulnerable to the health risks of the virus as:
- 17% of LGBTQ people lack health coverage, compared to 12% of non-LGBTQ adults
- 21% of LGBTQ people have asthma, compared to 14% of non-LGBTQ people
- 40% of LGBTQ workers compared to 22% of non-LGBTQ work in industries heavily impacted by COVID-19
This is in addition to the pre-pandemic norm of avoiding medical care as a trans person due to having experienced mistreatment or the very real fear of facing it. A Center for American Progress survey of those identifying as transgender found that:
- 29% said a doctor or other HCP refused to see them because of their actual or perceived gender identity.
- 23% said a doctor or other HCP intentionally misgendered them or used the wrong name.
- 29% said that they experienced unwanted physical contact from a doctor or other HCP (such as fondling, sexual assault, or rape).