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Aydian Dowling made history as a fitness model. Now he's fighting for other trans people's bodies

Story by LGBTQNation

Aydian Dowling is a powerful advocate for queer health. He helped raise awareness of transgender lives, becoming the first out trans man ever to appear on the cover of Men’s Health magazine. He has founded organizations to help trans people afford gender-affirming care and uses his social media platform to discuss LGBTQ+ mental health.

But when he experienced a medical emergency a few years back, he had trouble finding a doctor who understood his unique needs as a trans man.

He called over 20 specialists until he found one willing to see him. The dingy clinic was located over an hour away from his home. The doctor there began asking invasive questions about Dowling’s body, sexual encounters, and gender transition. Rather than receive care, Dowling left as quickly as possible.

It wasn’t until he traveled back to New York that he could see a doctor he trusted to help resolve his issue.

“It’s not easy to share this story,” he admits. “It’s extremely tough to find good care out there as queer people.”

But that’s why, as an advocate for trans health, he regularly shares his experiences and encourages others to share theirs too.

“When we stop talking about the issues,” he says, “the work stops getting done.”


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