TGNB Difficulties in Healthcare
Transgender and non-binary (TGNB) people often report feeling "misunderstood, distrespected, and frustrated," and unfortunately, these feelings continue throughout their experiences with healthcare. Many fear being misgendered and are exhausted from constantly having to re-educate others, even healthcare professionals, on correct terminology.
A study conducted by researchers at San Francisco State University and Columbia University reported that almost all nonbinary survey respondants had experiences when they were not provided gender-affirming or inclusive care.
Dr. Alex Keuroghlian, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, said:
“Clinicians have not been trained across the board to know how to use correct names and nonbinary pronouns. It’s a critical part of affirming the patient and having them remain engaged in care. Otherwise, people will not go back to see their clinician.”
Being referred to with incorrect pronouns or names can be retraumatizing to individuals, especially if it comes from a setting that is supposed to offer unconditional respect and understanding to all. Caralyst is working to support TGNB individuals by helping them find safe healthcare spaces and providers who are on their side and invested in their health.