Diversity is an important factor in all aspects of life. Equal mental and physical healthcare is a right that all individuals deserve regardless of race, gender, or sexuality. UWF’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) is hosting an important discussion panel this upcoming weekend on how transgender individuals have a different experience when it comes to finding adequate healthcare resources. Someone’s race, gender or sexuality should not determine the quality of healthcare they receive. Finding services that meet these needs is an issue that transgender individuals face on a daily.
Illan Cosmos, a transgender male who is the president of GSA states, “There is trouble finding doctors that are knowledgeable and respectful around trans people.”
According to Illan certain needs that primarily transgender individuals need are hormonal replacement therapy. Another issue he mentioned was the issue of being misgendered when visiting a doctor’s office.
“There is the issue of being properly gendered by not only the doctor but the people that work there,” Illan said.
During the event, panelists will go over issues and topics. There will also be an opportunity for discussions.
If you would like to learn more about transgender healthcare issues, you should attend the discussion on November 24 at 4 PM. The event will be held in the commons auditorium. For more information or questions, you can email UWF’s GSA at firstname.lastname@example.org.