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Colin, E.; Hennessy, R; Johnson, R.; Lowden, R.; and Sloane, S. (2017) National Standards of Care for TGIQ Health. Chicago, IL; RAD Remedy

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Gender and sexual orientation

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“’My positive experiences have come from providers that didn’t confront me about my identity, but rather made it obvious that they want to hear about
what I experience. It’s given me a sense that they’re trying to see how they can help me and it keeps me from feeling combative. I’ve also greatly
appreciated when providers have given me the room to update how I’m identified as my identity evolves. I feel comfortable knowing that there’s no
pressure to be one thing or another and that my needs are still valid.’”

“One out of every four respondents to the largest-ever survey of Trans people reported that they did not seek medical care because of fear of mistreatment, and for good reason– the same study reported that 1 out of every 3 respondents had at least one negative experience when accessing medical care in the previous year. These experiences range from having to educate providers about basic gender information, to physical and mental harassment, to denial of care, and beyond.2”


A Community-driven Understanding of Competent Care for Trans, Gender Non-conforming, Intersex, and Queer Individuals

“One of the most basic needs that any human being has is health care, and here in the United
States, it has been a consistent struggle to adequately deliver care to every person regardless
of their race, gender, fi nancial status, and background. Yet while governmental and legal
interventions over the past decade (such as the eff orts by the US Department of Health and
Human Services to defi ne and describe what constitutes “culturally competent care”)1 have
minimized barriers to care for millions of Americans, tremendous challenges still exist for
people in marginalized communities. As health care providers, regardless of your specialty
or patient demographics, your goal is to continually provide compassionate, culturally and
linguistically appropriate care to all of your patients. However, this challenge is made even
more diffi cult because there are few, if any, guidelines to providing care that are centered on
the experiences and needs of people whose gender and sex is outside of the binary.

As an organization created by and centered on Trans, Gender Non-Conforming, Intersex,
and Queer (TGIQ) people, RAD Remedy seeks to provide stronger connections between
people who are TGIQ and the professionals that serve them; this includes off ering guidance
to professionals who are attempting to create higher standards of care for their patients.
By evaluating the current legal standards for non-discriminatory health care access through
the lens of the communities experiences and needs, we have developed these guidelines to
help professionals in all types of organizations (from single-practitioner offices to major
hospitals) determine how to raise the level of care for their TGIQ patitients and positively
aff ect the ongoing health and wellness of our larger communities.”

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Jen Sermoneta

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