Transgender healthcare: The knowledge gap that’s costing lives

July 01, 2023
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Curious Saturday: Transgender healthcare – The knowledge gap that’s costing lives

Kristie Overstreet is a passionate advocate for transgender healthcare. Her TED Talk debunks myths and provides a primer on gender identity. Overstreet believes that everyone deserves respect and dignity when seeking medical care. Unfortunately, many healthcare providers lack the necessary training to work with transgender patients. This knowledge gap can lead to discrimination, violence, and a lack of medical care. Overstreet’s mission is to change this by educating healthcare providers on transgender health care. She emphasizes that transgender individuals are human beings who deserve competent and trained health care providers. In 2015, a survey found that 72% of healthcare providers did not feel well-informed on the health care needs of the LGBT community. This gap in education and training must be addressed. Overstreet invites everyone to face fear together as we walk into a brave new world.

Kristie Overstreet is on a mission to ensure that the transgender community gets their health care needs met. In this informative, myth-busting talk, she provides a primer for understanding gender identity and invites us to shift how we view transgender health care — so that everyone gets the respect and dignity they deserve when they go to a doctor.

Kristie Overstreet: What doctors should know about gender identity

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