BENEFITING: Out Youth
Benefitting the Central Texas Transgender Health Coalition, a program of Out Youth
In response to an enormous unmet need in Central Texas, a new organization has recently formed called the Central Texas Transgender Health Coalition.
Our mission is to support the health and well being of the transgender and gender non-binary community by facilitating access to healthcare resources, and to educate healthcare, mental health, and social services professionals in Central Texas.
In order to fulfill our mission, we need your help!
In recent years, the movement for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights has made amazing progress—but that progress has not yet led to improvements in the health disparities faced by LGBT communities, particularly in the South.
LGBT Southerners are at greater risk for mental and behavioral health challenges and for diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and HIV/AIDS. They are more likely than their non-LGBT peers to lack health insurance, and they face other barriers to accessing healthcare – especially among those who are transgender, people of color, undocumented, or low-income. They are also more likely to need healthcare and are less likely to get the care they need. Transgender people in the south, in particular, struggle to find culturally and clinically competent care.
We believe that all LGBT Southerners should feel comfortable speaking to their healthcare providers. In turn, healthcare providers need training to serve their LGBT patients with compassion, understanding, and clinical expertise.
Our first goal is to host an educational conference for medical and mental health providers in Central Texas in order to support their growth in the area of transgender competence and sensitivity.
This conference, planned for the summer or fall of 2017, will offer training in gold standards of care to meet the unique needs of Texas’s sizable transgender population.
Prevalence of Transgender Individuals in Texas
According to a 2016 analysis by the Williams Institute, approximately 125,350 people in the state of Texas identify as transgender.
This figure represents 0.66% of the population of the state, making Texas rank 5th in the nation for prevalence of transgender residents.
Prevalence of Trans-Competent Healthcare Providers in Texas
According to the website of the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH), there are 37 Texas-based providers with memberships to WPATH, a significant marker of commitment to transgender competence. This number includes both medical and mental health providers in the entire state.
According to data collected by the Trans and Genderqueer Social group of Austin, Texas, there are 21 general medical practitioners in Central Texas who were rated moderate to high for trans-competent care by members of the transgender community.
Just imagine how many transgender people in the state of Texas lack access to healthcare that meets their needs!
Health Care Discrimination and Health Outcomes
- 16% were refused medical care due to their gender identity/expression
- 1.9% were HIV positive, compared to the general population rate of 0.6%
- 19% postponed needed medical care, when they were sick or injured, due to discrimination
- Only 43% of the respondents had employer-based health insurance, compared to 59% of the general U.S. population at the time of the survey.
- 41% reported attempting suicide at some point in their life, 26 times the rate of the general population of 1.6%
And, closely related to these shockingly poor health outcomes, transgender people face discrimination and barriers in other domains of life as well, including the workplace, schools, housing, and public spaces.
We are reaching out to compassionate people like you to help support our work toward addressing this urgent need.
Please consider a donation to the Central Texas Transgender Health Coalition, to help move us forward in hosting a conference and health fair in 2017.
Businesses and individuals who contribute to the Central Texas Transgender Health Coalition will be recognized with name or logo placement on our website and event program, as well as special thanks during the conference introduction.
We are also open to hearing your ideas about how we can give thanks to you for your generous support.
With deep gratitude for your consideration,
Coordinator, Central Texas Transgender Health Coalition
Operations & Program Director, Out Youth
- http://www.lgbtfunders.org/files/Out_in_the_South_Part_Three_ Opportunities _for_Funding_LGBT_Communities_in_the_U.S._South.pdf