- Finding a gender-affirming doctor with the understanding necessary to treat transgender and nonbinary patients can be difficult.
- Here are four tips on how to find a gender-affirming doctor in your area.
- Asking your local LGBTQ centre or a friend can be a great way to start.
- There is also a plethora of online lists of trans-friendly providers online.
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Finding healthcare providers that are knowledgeable of transgender issues can be difficult.
That’s reflected in the number of people who simply avoid getting care at all; according to Reuters, 30% of trans people have avoided seeking medical care out of fear of discrimination.
But there are healthcare workers who can help. Here’s how to find a gender-affirming service provider.
Look for transgender healthcare centres in your area
If you live in or close to a city, chances are one of the hospitals based in it has a transgender or LGBTQ+ healthcare centre that can cater to your needs.
University of California San Francisco Transgender Care, Cleveland Clinic’s Centre for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBTQ+) Care, and Mount Sinai’s Centre for Transgender Medicine and Surgery in New York City all have comprehensive transgender health care.
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention also has a comprehensive list of LGBTQ health centres in every state that can tell you exactly which ones are near you.
Because not all LGBTQ healthcare centres are necessarily catered to transgender and nonbinary people, it’s important to call ahead and ask if they provide gender-affirming care.
Try online lists of trans and queer health resources
If you don’t live near any LGBTQ healthcare centres, trying an online list of LGBTQ providers in your area could be the next best thing.
Transhealthcare.org has a list of the best surgeons for specific gender-affirming surgeries like top surgery and bottom surgery. Transgender Care Listings is a directory of trans-friendly primary care doctors, specialists, and mental health professionals in all states. Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality (GLMA) has a similar directory that lists LGBTQ+ friendly doctors in your region.
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health has a comprehensive list of trans healthcare providers across the world.
Because new lists pop up periodically, searching “list of transgender healthcare providers” every so often can be helpful to find someone affordable in your area.
Ask your friends or your local LGBTQ community centre
If you’re having trouble finding someone online, oftentimes your local LGBTQ community centre will have a directory of trans-inclusive doctors in the area.
Some centres like the Los Angeles LGBT Centre even have in-house healthcare services they can provide, like trans-affirming primary care doctors, STI testing, and referrals to other trans-inclusive specialists.
Asking your friends or people you know from LGBTQ community spaces for their trans-inclusive doctors can also help.
Look for fully online services if nothing is in your area
Because of COVID-19, more providers are also offering online services, so it’s worth asking any provider on an LGBTQ-friendly list if they’re willing to do telemedicine.