#medtraumachat 17: healthcare & trans justice

Monday, 29 January 2018, 21:00-22:00 UTC


21:00-22:00 BST

16:00-17:00 EDT

15:00-16:00 CDT

14:00-15:00 MDT

13:00-14:00 PDT


Thursday, 01 February 2018, 04:00-05:00 UTC


15:00-16:00 on Thursday, 01 Feburary in AEDT 

12:00-13:00 on Thursday, 01 Feburary in AWST 

23:00-24:00 on Wednesday, 31 January in EDT

22:00-23:00 on Wednesday, 31 January in CDT

21:00-22:00 on Wednesday, 31 January in MDT

20:00-21:00 on Wednesday, 31 January in PDT

Hello everyone and welcome to #medtraumachat!

This week, we’ll be discussing healthcare in relation to trans justice.

It is well-documented that trans and nonbinary people face discrimination and inequality when accessing healthcare. #medtraumachat

Link to article from @CBCNews reporting on a 2016 Lancet study of healthcare inequity faced by trans people:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/transgender-health-lancet-study-medical-care-1.3641030  #medtraumachat

Account of one trans person’s journey seeking trans-friendly medical care:

https://genderqueer.me/2017/09/05/fv-finally-find-trans-friendly-doctor/ #medtraumachat

For people who are trans and disabled, the intersections of these identities may play a significant role in our health, and therefore our healthcare. #medtraumachat

Link to an essay on the challenges encountered when trans disabled folks are forced to separate, conceal or compromise parts of their identities:

https://www.glsen.org/blog/im-trans-disabled-young-person-not-one-or-other #medtraumachat

The issue of trans patients’ access to healthcare is particularly relevant in light of the recent move by the US government to protect healthcare workers who discriminate against and deny care to LGBTQIA+ persons. #medtraumachat

Today we’ll be talking about our own experiences of healthcare discrimination in relation to trans identities. #medtraumachat

This may include access to trans health care, as well as experiences of seeking general healthcare while trans. #medtraumachat


We’ll also touch on how our healthcare needs as trans and chronic patients may complicate, or even conflict with one another, how this is handled by our care providers, and how this relates to issues of trans and disability justice more broadly. #medtraumachat

Today’s chat will be approximately 60min long. #medtraumachat

Because we’ll be discussing experiences of medical trauma and trans antagonism, this chat may be triggering for some. #medtraumachat

Please mute as needed for self-care purposes over the next hour. #medtraumachat

Please remember to use the #medtraumachat hashtag when you tweet, so others can see what you are saying!

If you respond to a question such as Q1, your tweet should follow this format: “A1 [your message] #medtraumachat”



Q0. Please introduce yourself! #medtraumachat [21:00 / 04:00]

Q1. What have your experiences been like, seeking healthcare as a trans / nonbinary person? Are you out to your care providers? #medtraumachat [21:10 / 04:10]

Q2. What barriers have you faced seeking healthcare in relation to being trans? How have these impacted you? #medtraumachat [21:20 / 04:20]

Q3. Has anti-trans discrimination impacted your ability to obtain care for other health needs? #medtraumachat [21:30 / 04:30]

Q4. How do your healthcare needs as a trans patient and a chronically ill / disabled / neurodivergent / Deaf patient impact each other, if at all?

How do your care providers approach these complexities?

How does this affect you? #medtraumachat [21:40 / 04:40]

Q5. What are your concerns in relation to the United States government’s decision to protect healthcare workers who discriminate against trans patients? #medtraumachat [21:50 / 04:50]

Q6. Do you feel the trans and disabled communities are doing a good job of addressing the needs and experiences of trans disabled people?

What more would you like to see from each community? #medtraumachat [22:00 / 05:00]

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