“many people, especially scientists, do not understand the nuances of issues of sex and gender”
Has there ever been another time when such a tiny percentage of the population received so much attention?
The College Fix reports:
UCLA symposium: Healthcare needs to be more inclusive of all genders
The University of California Los Angeles on Friday played host to a confab about making health care and associated research “more gender inclusive.”
UCLA Children’s Discovery and Innovation Institute Symposium co-host Sid Jordan (who’s transgender) said the idea was to “facilitate collaboration and conversation between researchers in fields such as biological sciences and gender studies,” the Daily Bruin reports.
Jordan (pictured), a doctoral student in social welfare, said scientists historically have conducted studies which have “harmed transgender and nonbinary communities.” He said research often is done “without consulting transgender community organizations” which can be detrimental due to the “lack of researchers’ lived experience.”
Steven Mittelman, the division chief of pediatric endocrinology at UCLA Health and father of a non-binary child, added that “many people, especially scientists, do not understand the nuances of issues of sex and gender.”
The University of Michigan’s Daphna Stroumsa lamented “barriers” affecting the transgender community such as having to provide a letter from a mental health professional before undergoing hormone treatments.
Such a requirement can “limit access to hormone therapy for those without access to therapists, erode patient-provider trust and uphold the historical conflation of mental illness and transness,” Stroumsa said.
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