Transforming health outcomes for trans people

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3 October, 2017

 

A new report by the LGBT Foundation has found that trans people face a range of barriers when accessing most mainstream health services and often avoid accessing services at all.

This report draws on evidence from across the UK and presents an assessment of the needs and experiences of trans people in relation to health and wellbeing. It also highlights valuable ways in which trans people have organised and advocated for and among themselves.

The report finds that:

  • Trans people experience mental health difficulties at disproportionate rates compared to cis people.
  • Trans people experience roadblocks when accessing, enjoying and staying in education, with issues such as bullying, transphobia, discrimination and administration errors acting as contributing factors to these blocks.
  • There is a lack of comprehensive research on the rates at which trans people experience ill health and disease, making it difficult to draw comparisons to the general populations.

Jon Rouse, Chief Officer Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership says: “I welcome this report and the real insight it gives us on both the health needs of trans people and their experience of care. The report clearly shows that there is a profound need for us to take stock of the extent to which that experience of care deters trans people from seeking help and results in more severe health need over time.”

Read the full report here.

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