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WSU School of Social Work research finds discrimination against transgender health care patients

March 12, 2014

A high percentage of "transmen" - transgender individuals whose biological sex at birth was female but who now gender identify as male - have experienced discrimination in healthcare settings, according to new research from the Wayne State University School of Social Work. Ph.D. student Deirdre Shires and Associate Professor Kim Jaffee examined data from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, a 2008-09 survey conducted by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality, and found that 41 percent of 1,711 transmen reported being denied or refused care, verbally harassed, or physically assaulted in a doctor's office or hospital. The findings, they say, suggest the need for greater focus on the unique health care needs of transgender individuals in public policy as well as health care education and practice.