What Health Care Barriers Have You Faced As A Black Trans Person


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We want to hear your stories.

1. We all
have the right to see a doctor regularly and
get the health care we need. But too often, if
you’re black and trans, finding that care might
be harder than it should be.

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And it’s not for a lack of trying, either.

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2. So
tell us, what barriers to good medical care
have you faced as a black trans person?

So tell us, what barriers to good medical care have you faced as a black trans person?

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3. Maybe
you’ve been to several doctors, and none were
knowledgable about hormone therapy or
transition care, so they turned you down.

Maybe you've been to several doctors, and none were knowledgable about hormone therapy or transition care, so they turned you down.

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4. Or
maybe it wasn’t your doctor that was the
problem, but your insurance company instead.

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Shoot, maybe you don’t even have insurance,
which means you can’t get the health care you
really need.

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5.
Perhaps a doctor said or did something you’re
pretty sure they wouldn’t do to someone who
wasn’t transgender, black, or both.

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Maybe they refused to use your preferred
pronoun or made sweeping generalizations
without ever actually asking about your
lifestyle.

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6. It
could have been something else, like a
receptionist criticizing your name or the way
you looked.

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Maybe they said snide or even outright mean
things to you. And because of this
mistreatment, you knew that place wasn’t the
right one for you — even if it was just to get
checked up for a nagging cough or an eye exam.
Maybe such an instance even forced you to
travel two hours now just to see someone who’s
trans-friendly and knows what they’re doing.

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7. Or
maybe — hopefully — you finally found a
physician or clinic that respects you, listens
to, AND accepts your insurance.

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If so, please share your secrets with the
class.

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8. We
want to know about your health care
experiences.

You can submit your story (anonymously, if you
want to) in the form below. You can also view
the form
here, which might be easier on mobile.
Please share as much detail as you can — vent
to us! The more we know about your experience,
the more likely it is that we can include you
in a future post. Your story, whether related
or unrelated to transition, could help other
people with their own medical struggles.

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