Transgender people often find it difficult to source the medical care they need or are put off from seeking help by uncomfortable encounters with medical professionals — shockingly, 19 percent of trans patients are refused care. Now, MyTransHealth will provide a vital resource for the trans community — offering a searchable database of qualified, local doctors with the understanding and expertise to help trans people before, during and after transitioning.
The platform will take the form of a website and will be completely free to use, to make it as accessible as possible. It is set to launch soon in New York, San Francisco and Miami — all of which have large or growing trans communities. MyTransHealth will start with a initial database of 50 healthcare providers, all of whom have passed a screening process to prove they have an adequate knowledge of trans issues and a positive attitude towards inclusiveness. Eventually, the site will also include reviews and crowdsourced information, and other practitioners will be added — including those who have reached out to the platform to express their desire to learn more.
MyTransHealth recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign and some of that funding will be used to pay transgender employees. Are there other communities who face barriers when seeking healthcare that could use a similar resource?