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Episode 145 - Jorien Brock and Siobhan Fitzgerald-Cushing: Meeting the Health Needs of Transgender People

Monday, June 09, 2014, 9:31:38 AM

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According to the National Center for Transgender Equality, people who identify as transgender are estimated to comprise between one quarter and one percent of the U.S. population. Often targeted for overt discrimination, a transgender person may, rightly, feel the need to protect themselves from the intolerant or rejecting responses they are subjected to. However, the need to be open and engaged is critical to ensure appropriate health care. In this episode, members of the Pride Center of Western New York discuss how the Center's Transgender Health Initiative meets the health care needs of transgender people.

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Average Rating: 4stars  so impressed, Thursday, January 29, 2015

By Dawn :

The work that the Pride Center and their Transgender Health Initiative are doing is amazing! I wish services like this existed everywhere. As stated in the interview, this population has a whole unique set of health concerns, both in terms of medical needs and in terms of discrimination within the health care field.

One point I would like to make is that the speakers mentioned there not being a specific place where transgender individuals "hang out." That's not actually strictly true throughout Western New York (though it may be true in Buffalo). Rochester has a group called the Genesee Valley Gender Variants (http://rnytg.org/genesee-valley-gender-variants/). Perhaps someone from the Pride Center should contact this group, to see if an alliance can be formed.

In any case, I really enjoyed learning about this group. I found it very uplifting to know that this need is being filled for a cause which is very important to me.


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