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  • Denetra Hampton

Discrimination in Transgender Healthcare

According to a recent report, “Protecting and Advancing Health Care for Transgender Adult Communities", transgender adults are more likely to experience poor health outcomes, transgender adults also face high rates of discrimination and mistreatment when interacting with health care systems and providers.

Key data points from CAP’s nationally representative survey of LGBTQI+ adults conducted in 2020 include the following findings:

  • 28 percent of transgender respondents reported postponing or avoiding necessary medical care in the year prior to CAP’s survey for fear of experiencing discrimination, including 22 percent of transgender respondents of color.

  • 40 percent of transgender respondents reported postponing or avoiding getting preventive screenings in the year prior to CAP’s survey due to discrimination, including 54 percent of transgender people of color.

  • Nearly 1 in 2 transgender respondents, including 68 percent of transgender respondents of color, reported experiencing some form of discrimination or mistreatment at the hands of a health provider in the year prior to CAP’s survey, including care refusal, misgendering, and verbal or physical abuse.

  • One in 3 transgender respondents reported having to teach their doctor about transgender people in order to receive appropriate care in the year prior to CAP’s survey.

*Source: Protecting and Advancing Healthcare for Transgender Communities.

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