LGBTQ Healthcare

LGBTQ Healthcare


One of my passions within women’s health has been the LGBTQIA community. It’s kind of a group I’ve always wanted to work with and do research with. I was talking to another resident, who had also actually done this rotation, and he suggested that I go out to San Francisco. And, in San Francisco is this world renowned leader in transgender health and transgender surgery named Marci Bowers. She is an OB/GYN, herself. She is openly transgender, as well. The more I read about her was just … [I was] blown away. I went out there for two weeks. I got to see patients in the clinic, the OR, the post-op. We get little to no training in any transgender health at all. I didn’t know anything about it. I was even anxious to meet her. I was kind of anxious about the whole thing. And the gender reassignment, it was just— It was a really cool experience. They’re waiting to start their lives, and you kind of give them this opportunity to be who they’ve always known they were. I think a lot of this change for good starts and starts with health care professionals. If we are not accepting, and open, and understandable, and knowledgeable about the problems that this population faces, How are they going to feel comfortable enough to come to us? And they don’t. If we can start creating a community and fostering an environment of acceptance, and of love and care, patients will then feel more comfortable coming to us. And I think that can really change the tide of how people at large really view this population, their health care, their needs, their rights. I actually really think it can start with us, and I think starts with our openness, and our willingness to understand this population that really is truly underserved.

Daniel Yohans

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