Trans Equality Blog Week 4 &5: Finding a Healthy Balance

Eric_Worthey_Sex or Gender As I look back in my journals, I noticed that I commit to writing my thoughts and experiences down for random periods of time. Usually, I get too busy with living life and do not take the time to write about it. I am behind on writing this blog, but that does not mean that I have been sitting back and doing nothing for trans equality. These past two weeks presented me ample opportunities to raise visibility for the transgender community. Continue reading

OHP trans healthcare providers

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Featured imageCheck out the Oregon Health Plan trans healthcare providers directory! This is a living document that we hope will continue to grow and count on your help in adding more medical and mental healthcare providers. This document was created, to the best of our abilities, through a joint effort of staff at Portland’s Q Center, Outside In, Shane Smith (, and many community members who have answered surveys and given feedback about their own experiences. While we strive to include providers who are recommended by trans community members, each individual may have varying experiences and this list is not an endorsement of any specific providers. All information in the directory is subject to change.

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Things I’ve learned from being transgender that aren’t about being transgender

Nicely said . . .

Being transgender prompted me to undergo a lengthy period of deep introspection. It forced me to question things which the general population perhaps doesn’t give a second thought to, ever. It also gave me a lens to reexamine other aspects of my life with a broader perspective. Thus, here I present the lessons I’ve learned by virtue of being trans, that aren’t really about being trans at all.

Gender is f’ing everywhere!

Fetuses are imparted a “gender” based on microscopic hints of genitals as seen through an expensive x-ray printout. Our involuntary gender journey thus begins, plaguing us with pink and blue stickers, gendered names and spaces and play places. This dichotomous fanaticism extends well into adulthood. From the facial moisturizer for men (boosting your burliness) to granola bars for women (which surely elevate estrogen levels), the battle of the sexes plays out even in the most inane scenarios. Everyone could benefit from a little…

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Transequality Blog Week 2: Raising Transgender Visibility

This past week presented me with new perspectives on life, in which I was previously oblivious to. Still struggling with gaining my previous levels of energy and strength, I completed the first week of classes for winter term. I decided to drop the history of English class from my schedule and just meet the 12 credit minimum for full time status as a student. Several factors contributed to this decision, but mainly I am giving myself time to recover. The pain in my stomach from my incisions is minimal, but I still have two more weeks before I can lift over 20lbs. My friends were kind enough to purchase me a rolling bag to transport my books around campus. Not only did using the bag cause me to observe the uneasiness of some of my SOU peers with the sight of a young, masculine male pulling textbooks and supplies, rather than carrying them in a back pack, but I also gained an insight into the difficulties SOU students face when they cannot take the stairs or walk over curbs on SOU’s campus. I devoted more time and energy to walking out of my way to gain access to buildings and rooms on pathways for wheels than if I had been carrying a heavy load on my back up the stairs. A couple of people I spoke with said that SOU has plans to work on making the campus more accessible, but I feel that an article in the university’s paper, The Siskiyou, will raise awareness of the immediate action needed to make the campus more inclusive.

Speaking of inclusiveness, that word continually arose in conversations I participated in this week. I currently serve as a member of Lotus Rising Project’s (LRP) executive board. We had a retreat and out monthly board meeting this weekend, and I am proud to say that I serve the along with a group of dedicated, compassionate, and hard-working individuals. As a group, we worked to identify how we can operate more inclusively and meet the needs of all LGBTQ youth in the Rogue valley, including the hard to reach and marginalized individuals. The majority of our immediate action plans involve making LRP more transgender friendly, including changing the name of the programs to better resemble the organization’s mission and vision. So this week I worked on #51 from the list: Help an LGBT organization become more transgender friendly. Continue reading

Cervical Health Awareness Month: Trans Men and Genderqueer/Gender Nonconforming People

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January is cervical health awareness month, and NCTE wants to remind everyone that cervical health is a critical issue for trans men and genderqueer/gender nonconforming folks.

Paps Matter for Trans MenAnyone with a cervix can contract cervical cancer, so this means that lots of trans men and genderqueer/gender nonconforming people are at risk. But because trans people face widespread discrimination from health care providers and insurance plans, they often avoid seeking or cannot access preventive care. According to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, nearly half (48%) of trans men reported postponing or avoiding preventive care out to fear of discrimination and disrespect. One in five trans men also reported being refused health care because of their gender identity. Cervical cancer is preventable through regular screening and treatment where necessary, which means that trans men who aren’t getting preventive care are likely at greater risk of developing the disease.

Trans men and genderqueer/gender nonconforming…

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The Outside Like the Inside: A Renewed Spirit

I started this blog three days ago. I let it sit open on my desktop, so it would remind me every time I logged on to keep trying to think of ways to explain that feeling of the outside of my body not aligning with the person I feel like on the inside. Daily, a war rages, but no one can see the action, feel the struggle, or know the fear taking place internally. The constant feeling of a time bomb waiting to explode the next time some one incorrectly judges your gender. I got to the point in life where I felt this way about being called she, her, and m’am: Disgust arose inside of me when I heard these words, causing feelings of torment along with tons of shame. I did not understand what was wrong with me. It was several years later before I came across the term transgender on the internet. I only had the labels people applied: tomboy, lesbian, dyke, she-male, and a more affectionate term, baby-dyke. Continue reading

New Analysis Released on Suicide Among Trans and Gender Nonconforming People

National Center for Transgender Equality's Blog

On Tuesday, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), and the Williams Institute, released new analysis from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS), which was released by NCTE and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in 2011. This report uses the 6,456 accounts of discrimination from transgender and gender non-conforming (GNC) adults (compiled in NTDS), to find unprecedented links between experiences of discrimination, and suicide attempts among transgender people. The comprehensive report is one part of new study being conducted by Dr. Jody L. Herman (Williams Institute), with Doctors Ann P. Haas and Phillip L. Rogers (AFSP).

Forty-one percent of respondents reported having attempted suicide at some point in their lives. This new groundbreaking analysis seeks to identify and understand the characteristics and experiences that factor into the prevalent suicide attempts among transgender and gender non-conforming people. The study outlines a somber relationship between the negative experiences transgender people…

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Asking for Help: Breaking Transgender Health Barriers

How did I arrive at the women’s clinic needing an examination? I had not seen a gynecologist since my first examination when I was 18. Fifteen years had passed. I had multiple sexual partners and taken testosterone (T) for 5 and a half of those years. I knew that I did not have any sexually transmitted diseases because of all of the results from blood tests during my transition from female to male that my doctor required I have to monitor the different aspects of my blood. One of my friends asked me, “were you sick or something?,” knowing that unless I was desperate, I would not go to a doctor. I was not sick, but I did know that something was not right with my body. For three months, I had silently experienced irregularly heavy periods with intense pain that lasted from a week up to a week and a half. The last one before my surgery was twelve days long. It brings a whole new meaning to the three different passages in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke where Jesus miraculously heals a bleeding woman. Because that is the kind of miraculous healing I feel now having received the care that I needed from an amazing team of individuals at the Medford Women’s Clinic. Continue reading