Top Ten Tips for Transgender Health
Dr. Sherman Leis, founder of The Philadelphia Center for Transgender Surgery, one of the leading resources for transgender surgery and medical support in the United States, has identified 10 important trends that will affect America and its transgender community in 2014.
"Although on November 20, Transgender Remembrance Day, it’s sad to see that there are still new victims to mourn each year; on the other hand, supportive laws, positive public statements by top political leaders, and growing cultural acceptance, indicate that momentum is moving in the right direction," said Leis.
His annual list of trans trends include:
1) Health care equality. Health care coverage for the transgender community is not equal yet, but it seems that 2013 was the tipping point in our favor. The start of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the trickle-down effect in the business world, which is being influenced by a growing majority of Fortune 500 companies that now include transgender surgery and care in their health insurance programs, are making true health care equality a reality.
2) More, not less violence against transgender people. Unfortunately, the fast pace of gay marriage legalization and overall LGBT acceptance breeds more anger among certain groups. That, combined with bizarre cultural trends like the "knock out game," brings violence to the general population and enhances a violent environment that will be magnified against groups such as transgender people.
3) The transgender suicide rate will be further reduced. Transgender mental health and medical care including surgery has proven to be an effective "cure" for depression among transgender people. As surgery becomes more affordable, thanks to enlightened health care insurance coverage, suicides are going to go down.
4) More children and teenagers will be coming out identifying as being transgender. Moreover, thanks to expanding transgender education, more supportive parents, and societal acceptance, these children will be able to come to terms with their gender dysphoria so much more quickly.
5) Growing independence of the transgender political movement. Initially grouped in with the gay and lesbian movements, the transgender movement is strengthening its own identity to promote and support the unique issues facing the transgender community.