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         Making healthcare services more welcoming for transgender patients

                                       ABC Action News   WFTS Tampa Bay

By: Anthony Hill
Posted at 6:31 AM, Feb 03, 2023
and last updated 5:14 AM, Feb 03, 2023

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — For many in the transgender community, getting healthcare services can be a daunting experience. Many trans people say it’s common for them to face discrimination from medical professionals.

“We can’t ignore the fact that there will be healthcare needs across all the specialties, and we have a right to healthcare,” said Nathan Bruemmer, a trans man and LGBTQ+ activist. “I worry that my trans siblings would be more hesitant – in the climate of hatred and bigotry that’s been created in our state – not to seek out care.”

Bruemmer said many in the trans community face discrimination in healthcare.

“I do have a lot of friends – and more stories than I wish I had – that talk about times that they tried to access care, whether emergency room care, cardiac care, cancer care and either didn’t trust the system or tried to pursue that care and were met with resistance or questions about identity not relevant to the treatment they were receiving,” he said.

“We understand that it’s important that we reach out and make our patients feel comfortable, especially our transgender patients,” said Dr. Bethany Niell with Moffitt Cancer Center.


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