The Facts

The discrimination transgender and gender non-conforming people experience creates an extraordinary stress on psychological and physical health. But it also creates a stress on uninformed providers, who most often are not provided with the necessary education to offer competent care for gender diverse individuals.

ReLearn aims to offer a solution to these preventable challenges by distinguishing myth from fact. Through our trainings, participants will learn how to create a more inclusive environment for trans and gender nonconforming people and will gain the necessary skills to provide affirming services and care to all people, regardless of where they are on the gender spectrum.

Some important facts:

A large percentage of transgender and gender non-conforming people experience discrimination and harassment in multiple settings. According to a 2009 study from the American Journal of Public Health, access to a provider knowledgable about transgender health issues was the most reported barrier to care.
Health Care Utilization, Barriers to Care, and Hormone Usage Among Male-to-Female Transgender Persons in New York City. American Journal of Public Health. 2009 April; 99(4): 713–719.) 

Of a sample size of 450 trans and gender nonconforming people, 65% of respondents reported public accommodations discrimination in the past 12 months. The 5 most prevalent discrimination settings were transportation (36%), retail (28%), restaurants (26%), public gatherings (25%), and health care (24%).  Public accommodations discrimination in the past 12 months in health care settings was independently associated with a 31% to 81% increased risk of adverse emotional and physical symptoms and a 2-fold to 3-fold increased risk of postponement of needed care when sick or injured and of preventive or routine health care.
Citation: Milbank Quarterly, 2015 “Legal Protections in Public Accommodations Settings: A Critical Public Health Issue for Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming People.”

41.8 percent of FTM (female-to-male) participants reported verbal harassment, physical assault, or denial of equal treatment in a doctor's office or hospital.
Allied Health, 2015, Shires, Deirdre A.; Jaffee, Kim