Health Care Provider Directory Now Available
We're delighted to announce the publication of the first-ever public directory of transgender-sensitive health care providers in the New York City metropolitan area. The directory, a project of the Transgender Health Initiative of New York, and spearheaded by Health Initiative founding member NYAGRA, includes listings of physicians, mental health professionals, acupuncturists, and AIDS agencies as well as other health care providers. Up until now, community members could access transgender-sensitive physicians and other health care providers through referrals from social service providers, but there has never been a published directory of such health care providers available to the general public.
Transgender and gender-variant people face pervasive discrimination and insensitivity when trying to access on health care. In 2004, in response to wide-ranging complaints of discrimination against transgender people in the health care system, we co-founded the Transgender Health Initiative of New York, a community organizing project whose goal is to ensure that transgender and gender non-conforming people can access health care in a safe, respectful and non-discriminatory manner. The Health Initiative holds monthly meetings at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in Manhattan where we strategize about ways to improve access to health care for transgender people. Come to a meeting and find out how you can make a difference!