Medical Reference

Finding the right medical professionals can be an overwhelmingly daunting task. Access to proper gender affirming care can be limited, expensive, and in some states, illegal. Here are some important things to keep in mind when seeking professionals for mental health as well as gender affirming care.

SEEK ASSISTANCE ONLY FROM PROFESSIONALS WHO ARE LEGBTQ+ FRIENDLY.

  • A good signal is if there are trans friendly (gender affirming) literature (pamphlets) in their looby or within the resource tools available?
  • Are there any symbols prominently placed near the door? (Trans colors, rainbow flag?)
  • ASK if the doctor has had any experience with trans patients *Note the difference between a doctor who has STUDIED the agenda, or has PRACTICED their studies
  • ASK what percentage of the doctor’s clientele is trans
  • ASK if the has been any sort of tolerance or sensitivity training offered to the staff
  • ASK if an NDA is standard within the office personnel (this is a disclosure that protects you from being outed by any member of the doctor’s staff)

ONCE YOU (and your parents, if supportive) HAVE FOUND A PROFESSIONAL:

  1. DISCUSS YOUR goals
  2. DISCUSS your sexual history and planned sexual activities
  3. DISCUSS any past or planned substance abuse – BE HONEST
  4. DISCUSS your fears, anxieties, depressions, or any suicidal thoughts – ASK FOR REFERENCES NOW (in the hopes that you will never need them, but will have them if you do!)
  5. DISCUSS your aspirations for family.
  6. DISCUSS hormone replacements and affirming surgery plans

Your health care provider should then suggest a course of action and the two of you (with your family) should plan your transition. If at any point you feel your voice is not being heard – speak louder, find an additional source to get a second opinion if the first has given advice that doesn’t fit right for you. Noone has all of the answers, but EVERYONE deserves to be heard and treated fairly.

Sites to link:

GLMA

TRANS HEALTH

RAD REMEDY

OUTCARE HEALTH

MYTRANS HEALTH