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  1. "On World AIDS Day, observed on December 1 each year, many individuals and organizations are taking time to reflect on the devastating effects this epidemic has had on people across the globe, particularly those within the LGBT community. However, less often highlighted are the specific ways that HIV/AIDS has impacted transgender people..."

    "In the survey, a sample of nearly 6,500 transgender people reported a 2.6 percent rate of HIV infection, more than four times the rate of the general adult population. These rates were significantly higher for transgender people of color, with 25% of African Americans, 11% of Latino/as, 7% of American Indians, and 3.7% of Asian Americans reporting HIV infection. These rates are substantially increased from those reported by the general population of people of color. Other social and economic factors, such as income, gender, violence, education, employment, and citizenship status greatly affected rates of HIV infection. Trans women respondents reported a 4.3% rate of infection, versus a .51% rate among trans men respondents. Among those transgender people who had been sexually assaulted due to anti-transgender bias, rates of HIV infection rose to 10%."

    Read the article: World AIDS Day: A Look at the Transgender Community
  2. Giving Visibility to Gay and Transgender Health Care
    An Interview with Brad Clark of One Colorado

    "As gay and transgender people know all too well, you can’t be healthy if you have to hide who you are. Unfortunately, the health care system often renders gay and transgender people invisible by erasing their experiences and obscuring the impact that societal discrimination and prejudice have on their health..."

    Read the transcript or listen to audio interview: Interview with Brad Clark of One Colorado
  3. Obama Administration Announces Health Grants To Help Transgender Population
    ThinkProgress
    By Kellan Baker on Feb 22, 2012 at 1:50 pm The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced two new grant competitions focusing on connecting HIV-positive transgender women of color with health care services, including primary care ...
  4. Medical Student and Professors Examine the Financial and Psychological Costs ...
    Newswise (press release)
    ... a fourth year medical student at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, co-authored an article in the Journal of Sexual Medicine entitled, “Self-Castration by a Transsexual Woman: Financial and Psychological Costs: A Case Report.

    I hesitated before even posting this article. Self-castration would be one of the most dangerous things you could do to yourself. The usual outcome is death. You'd be safer playing Russian Roulette. Please don't ever attempt this desperate procedure and if you feel so inclined, talk about it and find another way to work through your angst. Hopefully research like this will help shed light on the urgency in the need to provide better and more affordable health care for transsexuals. ~ Lori
  5. Improving the Health Care of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community
    By House Staff
    The health disparities and unique health needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community have commanded the attention of national medical organizations. Yet as the need for comprehensive provider knowledge, skills,
  6. Boulder Valley Women's Health to offer services for transgender patients
    Daily Camera
    By Laura Snider Camera Staff Writer Starting Monday, Boulder Valley Women's Health will begin scheduling appointments specifically for transgender patients, making it the first clinic in Boulder to reach out to that population for care... Services at the center... will include hormone therapy as well as general reproductive healthcare...

    Boulder Valley Women's Health
    2855 Valmont Rd
    Boulder, Colorado


    I'm not actually recommending this as a user, but a new resource exists for transgender medical care in Boulder, Colorado. ~ Lori
  7. The Affordable Care Act Turns Two; Read Excerpt from NCTE
    By transgenderequality
    As a teaser for NCTE's health care “know your rights” guide for transgender people, to be released next week, here are two other important protections transgender people need to know about the Affordable Care Act: Pre-existing condition
  8. Getting clean
    Philadelphia Inquirer
    A one-of-a-kind treatment center where transgender people can free themselves of addictions is about to open in Philadelphia. By Don Sapatkin (left) and Zerandrian Morris in a lounge at the eight-bed Morris Home, in the Southwest section of the city...
  9. NATIONAL LGBT HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK

    2012 National LGBT Health Awareness Week
    "Come Out for Health" March 26 - March 30

    EVENTS THAT ARE PLANNED AROUND THE COUNTRY

    American Psychological Assoication, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Concerns Office, Washington DC, plans events during National LGBT Health Awareness Week. Follow the events on their webiste

    Beth Israel Medical Center’s ’ LGBT Health Services, New York, launches new services during National LGBT Health Awareness Week. Learn more

    Chicago Department of Public Health encourages community to Stop Smoking

    Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment plans events during National LGBT Health Awareness Week. Learn more.

    GHSU Equality, August, Georgia, plans activities to increase awareness of LGBT Health during Health Awareness Week. Learn more

    Legacy Community Health Services, Houtson, plans activities for LGBT Health Awarness Week March 26- 30, 2012. Learn more

    SAMHSA, Washington, DC, blogs about National Health Awareness Week. "In recognition of National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Health Awareness Week, March 26th – 30th, we are highlighting some of the activities SAMHSA has engaged in that align with this year’s theme “Come Out for Health”." Read more

    UMDNJ School of Nursing, Newark, New Jersey, The LGBT Health Working Group, is sponsoring its first event: Liz Margolies from the National LGBT Cancer Network is speaking on “LGBT Health Disparities: The Case of Cancer” on Thursday March 29. FMI or to reserve a seat please visit:http://lgbthealth2012.eventbrite.com/

    Source: National Coalition for LGBT Health
  10. Top 10 Things Health Reform Does for Gay and Transgender Americans
    Center For American Progress
    The law's impact will be especially profound for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, who are poorly served by many parts of our current system. In a recent speech at the first-ever White House LGBT Health Conference, Health and Human...
  11. National LGBT Cancer Network adds 300 facilities and 'transgender-friendly designation"
    MiamiHerald.com (blog)
    NEW YORK, NY – April 23, 2012 - The National LGBT Cancer Network, the first program in the country to address the needs of all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people with cancer and those at risk, is pleased to announce that it has...

    This is great news for our community. Here is a copy of the Cancer Network Press Release:

    LGBT CANCER NETWORK NOW DIRECTS PATIENTS TO 400 SCREENING FACILITIES IN MOST STATES; NEW TRANSGENDER-FRIENDLY DESIGNATION


    NEW YORK, NY – April 23, 2012 - The
    National LGBT Cancer Network, the first program in the country to address the needs of all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people with cancer and those at risk, is pleased to announce that it has further expanded its officially approved directory of LGBT-friendly cancer screening facilities to cover 330 additional facilities. A previous New York State grant had limited the Center to the five boroughs of NYC, but the directory was first expanded to thirteen additional states and the District of Columbia in November 2011. The expansion was made possible by a generous grant from The Palette Fund; thanks to their generosity, the directory now covers facilities in most states. The Network is currently seeking to add facilities in those states not yet covered, with the goal of ensuring that all LGBT people in the US are within driving distance of a facility where they know they will be welcomed.


    The directory is viewable at:
    http://www.cancer-network.org/screenings/facilities


    Critically, the directory now includes a starred designation for facilities that have shown an exceptional commitment to transgender health. Many other cancer screening facilities are, if not outright hostile, unaware of how to treat transgender patients. This means, for instance, that a transgender man seeking a mammogram may be asked to don a pink robe or sit in the women’s waiting room – a humiliating experience. At both the starred facilities and any of the other facilities in the directory, transgender patients can join lesbians, gays, and bisexuals in resting assured that they will not be discriminated against.



    Said Liz Margolies, Executive Director of the National LGBT Cancer Network: “We have selected each facility for inclusion based on its commitment to offering safe, affordable, welcoming care to all LGBT people. Each has demonstrated proven cultural competence in respecting the bodies, histories, and families of LGBT patients. We will research additional facilities and expand the list until every LGBT person in the country is within driving range of a safe and welcoming facility where they will be respected, and are offering our cultural competence training, Reexamining LGBT Healthcare, to facilities that want to be included but do not yet have the knowledge or training to warrant inclusion in our database.



    “These facilities stand out from other medical facilities that conduct cancer screenings, at which LGBT patients often face a combination of ignorance and discrimination in accessing health care. While homophobia and transphobia among healthcare providers is declining, it is still very much in existence. One out of 5 transgender patients has been turned away by a health care provider. Even well-meaning providers have little training or experience with the LGBT population and our health risks. On average, medical students receive under 5 hours of training on LGBT issues in their entire medical education. To address these concerns from patients, we have included, wherever possible, a contact person at each facility who has agreed to shepherd members of the LGBT community through the process of being screened.



    “Because LGBT people are far less likely to have health insurance, with transgender people having the lowest rates of all, the directory includes a number of facilities that do not require health insurance. Transgender people with insurance in their true gender also face the difficulty of getting screened for cancers in body parts that do not match the sex on their insurance card. For example, a transgender woman will not be covered for prostate screening and a transgender man will not be covered for cervical cancer screening.



    “This new resources directory will help fill the urgent need for better cancer screening of the LGBT community. As a population, LGBT people are at increased risk of cancer, not due to any physiological differences, but behaviors, many of which result from the stress of living as sexual and gender minorities in this country. As a group, for example, lesbians drink more, smoke more, are less likely to have a biological child before age 30, and more likely to be overweight and eat a high-fat diet. All these increase their cancer risks considerably. Gay men have very high rates of HPV, the virus that can lead to anal cancer. In fact, anal cancer rates in this population are 40 times higher than in the general population. A simple screening procedure, an anal pap smear, can test for precancerous changes, but too few men are aware of the need for or existence of the test, or out to their provider who could then recommend it. Long-term HIV survivors are now also known to be at much greater risk for several types of cancer, including lung and renal cancer as well as anal cancer.



    “My own partner, a transgender man, has never received a mammogram. Why? ‘Because it's really hard for me to prioritize taking care of body parts I'd like to think don't exist.’ But we must get screened and we must encourage those we love to do so too. As I always say: ‘If you love him, get him screened.’ The places listed in our facilities page are more safe and welcoming, but it takes more to overcome our fears and undo previous negative experiences. Go in packs, use the support of your social network. Go to one of the places listed on our website. Take care of that body.”



    About the National LGBT Cancer Network



    The National LGBT Cancer Network works to improve the lives of LGBT cancer survivors and those at risk by:



    ● EDUCATING the LGBT community about our increased cancer risks and the importance of screening and early detection;



    ● TRAINING health care providers to offer more culturally-competent, safe and welcoming care; and



    ● ADVOCATING for LGBT survivors in mainstream cancer organizations, the media and research.



    More information is available at
    www.cancer-network.org.
  12. Transgender New Jersey Woman, Wins Insurance Coverage For Mammogram
    Huffington Post
    A New Jersey-based transgender woman has successfully appealed a decision made by her health insurance company to deny her coverage for a mammogram, even after her doctor recommended she undergo the procedure. Transgender Legal Defense and Education...
  13. Transgender Patient Cries Discrimination
    Iowa City Owl
    He believes that he was turned away from the clinic because he is transgender. Transgender is a term for people that identify with a different gender than the one with which they were born. O'Reilly visited UIHC after the Emma Goldman clinic discovered...
  14. Why Transgender Women's Breast Cancer Risk Is Still A Mystery
    BuzzFeed
    Beth Scott won her battle to get her insurance carrier to cover her mammogram, after they refused to because she's transgender. Scott's doctor had recommended the screening, but when it comes to figuring out their actual risk of breast cancer, transgender women (and men) face a frustrating lack of information...
  15. Transsexual may resort to prostitution for surgery
    A transsexual may return to prostitution to pay for gender reassignment surgery because the New Zealand Government waiting list is too long..
  16. Bone Mass, Bone Geometry, and Body Composition in Female-to-Male Transsexual Persons...
    Context: Female-to-male transsexual persons (transsexual men) undergo extreme hormonal changes due to ovariectomy and testosterone substitution, allowing...
  17. Transgender Tuesdays: Help Preserve A Piece Of San Francisco History
    San Francisco Chronicle (blog)
    Transgender Tuesdays. 18 years ago a team of HIV providers at Tom Waddell Health Center and trans activists from every ethnicity broke the mold by providing something crucially needed. In 1993 Transgender Tuesdays clinic opened in the Tenderloin...
  18. Chile to cover sex change operations
    Independent Online
    Chile will soon cover sex change surgeries under its public health plan in order to allow citizens of limited means to “recover their true sexual identity,” Health Minister Jaime Manalich said...
  19. How Obamacare Protects Same-Sex Families And Transgender Patients
    ThinkProgress
    Yesterday the Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in the lawsuit challenging several key provisions of the Affordable Care Act. The justices' ruling, upholding much of the law, will bridge the coverage gap for gay and transgender people...
  20. The silent T in DC's HIV/AIDS epidemic
    Washington Blade
    Transgender women – already combating disturbing levels of violence and discrimination in our city – have some of the highest HIV prevalence rates. The federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recognize that although “information is lacking...
  21. BC to fund phalloplasty surgery for transgender men
    rabble.ca
    The province of B.C.'s Medical Services Plan (MSP) has opted to begin covering phalloplasty, or the surgical creation of a penis, for transgender men. Dr. Gail Knudson, who is the chief assessor for gender-confirming surgery in the province...
  22. FAQ: Health Insurance Needs for Transgender Americans
    Center For American Progress
    Transgender people face tough realities across the United States in routine areas of life that most people take for granted, including rights to employment, housing, and personal safety. Health care, particularly health insurance coverage, is another...
  23. UIHC LGBT Clinic to open Monday
    Iowa City Press Citizen
    Two University of Iowa physicians are teaming up to start University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics' first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Clinic, and some advocates say it's a step toward reducing barriers for those patient populations...