Trans Health Matters
Trans Health Advocates
To request an advocate, fill out the confidential form at this link, or call us at (502) 694-2227.
Many medical providers in Kentucky lack knowledge about transgender people's health needs. From results of our 2014 survey and experiences from those in the community, we know that seeking health care is a difficult and often triggering or traumatic experience for trans and gender nonconforming (GNC) individuals.
We aim to address this immediate need through an all-volunteer Trans Health Advocates program that pairs a trans/GNC person who requests support with an advocate who has gone through our training to be a support person or a buffer through seeking health services. An advocate might accompany a trans patient to their appointment and ensure providers are using their correct pronouns and names, ensure the patient's health needs are met with sensitivity and competency, or talk with a trans patient over the phone to decompress after a difficult healthcare experience.
This program aspires to adapt and improve upon the model started with the Trans Buddy program in Nashville, TN. Trans Health Advocates will serve the whole city of Louisville, and hopefully, eventually the whole state. The program will also put a greater focus on the intersectional barriers people face when accessing healthcare, such as structural and interpersonal racism, classism, ableism, and sizeism.
Queer Health Group
We also facilitate a monthly queer health conversation group. Anyone who identifies as LGBTQIA+, queer, or beyond heteronormativity, and who wants to grow and learn, is welcome to join and ask questions respectfully. Together we create an intentionally radical space where we work together on each others' issues and focus on anti-racist, anti-heterosexist, anti-transmisogynistic and anti-cissexist practice. We discuss mental, emotional, and physical health topics identified and agreed upon by the group. Some discussion topics recently have included the Affordable Care Act, endocrinologists and health providers in our area, sexuality such as safe bondage and consent practices, dealing with community members who treat us poorly, and self-care. You can get updates about group meetings at our Facebook page.
KHJN, in collaboration with partners like the T STAR Lab, investigates how trans, genderqueer, and gender non-conforming people in Kentucky access healthcare, and how to ensure healthcare is affordable, responsive, respectful, and inclusive for these communities. In TSTAR and Kentucky Health Justice Network's 2014 survey of trans and gender nonconforming or nonbinary Kentuckians, we heard from over 80 people about the barriers they have faced to accessing quality, competent and affordable gender-related and primary care. We conducted this survey to paint a clearer picture of what projects like the National Trans Discrimination Survey already tell us: that we need to do better by our trans siblings.
View trans health fact graphics at our Facebook page.