Petros Levounis, chair of NJMS Department of Psychiatry, and NJMS Dean Robert Johnson, answered questions for Rutgers Today about how care for transgender individuals is on the brink of a positive change.
“Transgender patients do not have it easy. Part of the problem has to do with flat-out prejudice and discrimination that many LGBT people experience. But there’s another major component to health care challenges for transgender people: lack of knowledge. People’s hearts may be in the right place, but health care practitioners simply do not know what to do with the ‘T.’ When transgender patients show up in the emergency room, it’s not just bias, stigma, and discrimination at play. It’s also what I would call ‘paralysis.’ A transgender person comes in, and it seems like the entire health care system has been paralyzed.”
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