A Story of Transgender Medical Care

What happens when you’re transgender and living in the middle of rural America and need specialized medical care?

The patient at the center of this story is only 20 years old, but his story, written up in The Daily Iowan on April 4, 2012, is instructive.  Like many transgender people — one study says the figure is 50% — he had to educate his health care providers about transgender health care.  Luckily, it worked.  Not only did he eventually get the health care he needed, but activism by him and his colleagues is beginning to change the climate in Iowa City.  For a more recent story that indicates there are still problems — but also that even more efforts are underway to correct them — see the Iowa City Patch article here.

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