Transgender patients just want to go to the doctor, get help, and go home. Nobody wants to devote extra time and energy to educating and constantly correcting a health care provider. Even worse, no one wants to seek out care only to be turned away or discriminated against. A new online directory hopes to make finding trans-friendly doctors as easy as possible, so trans people can get on with their lives.
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MyTransHealth is a new website working to build a database of culturally competent providers for trans folks, particularly trans people of color, in four major areas of assistance: medical, mental health, legal, and crisis care. It currently supports six American cities — New York, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle and Dallas — but takes provider submissions from around the country. The folks leading MyTransHealth are all trans themselves, and they review each submission to ensure that providers "actively work with the trans community, attend relevant workshops or trainings, [and] have a non-discrimination policy that includes gender identity." Providers have to keep up with these standards too. Every 12 months, MyTransHealth reviews the directory to ensure its integrity.
Using MyTransHealth is both simple and specifically tailored. First, select from a drop-down menu the option that relates closest to your identity. This includes options for intersex, nonbinary, and agender people, as well as transman, transwoman, and transgender. After you add your location and what services you need, a list of resources pops up. Each entry includes information like languages spoken, care specialties, demographics, and social media.
Worrying about that weird rash or a landlord issue is trouble enough. MyTransHealth wants to keep it that way.