Healthcare is a Human Right: The Importance of Being a Healthcare Ally

Right now, individuals in our communities are facing unprecedented challenges when it comes to accessing sufficient health care. Ranging from poorly designed research, gaps in practitioner education, to failures in public policy, these inequities affect marginalized groups on a systemic level. 

Pride month is a time to acknowledge the challenges and celebrate the victories that the LGBTQ+ community has experienced during their ongoing fight for civil rights. Now more than ever, it’s important to recognize what they’re fighting for, and how you can help. 

A new nutrition standard

At Baze, our dietitians account for anything that could affect your nutrition, and we don’t take shortcuts when it comes to assessing the needs of transgender individuals. Our team recently updated our questionnaire to (what should be) the new standard. We ask each customer about their sex, gender, and experience with hormone therapy before we recommend personalized supplements. You might think that this is standard practice, but unfortunately, it’s something that’s often missed in the world of healthcare.

If you’re a healthcare provider, remember that you have a choice to be an ally within your own organization.

5 things all healthcare professionals should know about their transgender patients

  • The greatest barrier to healthcare is inadequately trained clinicians- 29% of transgender patients report having to teach their provider about their needs1
  • One-fifth of transgender individuals avoid seeking health care due to fear of discrimination1
  • Compared to cisgender and heterosexual women, transgender individuals are at the greatest risk for developing an eating disorder2
  • 62% of trans individuals report having depression, while a startling 41% have attempted suicide1
  • 25% of incarcerated trans women report being denied healthcare services during their sentence (19% of white trans women report previous incarceration. Keep in mind that BIPOC trans women are incarcerated at three times the rate)1

Learn and grow within your organization

Not familiar with the specific medical concerns among transgender individuals? It’s time to start learning. If you’re a healthcare practitioner, check out these courses you can take to earn CEUs. Find out if your organization has plans to create a Transgender Health Program. If not, build your own


  3. Barriers to Health Care for Transgender Individuals (Safer et al, 2017)

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