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M e d i c a l R e c o R d F e at u R e

Transgender
Health Care &
Public Policy
by Julia Crozier-Christy
BCMS President's Intern for 2017
Advisors: Lucy J. Cairns, MD,
Daniel B. Kimball, MD, FACP, and
D. Michael Baxter, MD

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"Being transgender does not
make us broken," says Reverend
Barbara Peronteau, a chaplain
with the Reading Health System,
"it is what makes us whole."
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he National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE)
defines a transgender individual as "someone whose
gender identity is different from the gender they were
thought to be at birth." If you have never heard the term "gender
identity" before either, I promise, it's not too confusing. Gender
identity is simply "one's innermost concept of self as male,
female, a blend of both, or neither" (Human Rights Campaign).
A person's gender identity can be the same or different than
the sex they were assigned at birth. Gender identity is also
entirely separate from sexual orientation, which is who a person
is attracted to sexually. While many individuals of a variety of
gender identities make up the transgender community, this
article will focus specifically on transmen and transwomen. A
transman is a man who was thought to be a female when he
was born and a transwoman is a woman who was thought to
be male when she was born. Many transgender individuals will
go through a process called "transitioning" which is where,
through the use of hormone therapy and/or gender confirmation
surgeries, they alter their bodies so that their physical sex will
reflect their gender identity.


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