A child that is gender-diverse can reflect her or his gender identity. The child’s family doctor reports them to Child Protective Services.
A transgender woman fractures her leg and enters emergency room for immediate treatment. Shortly after arriving at ER, physicians inform her that they will not treat “her kind.”
These scenarios may appear unrealistic or tiny matters in our LGBT healthcare system. In fact, discrimination just like the scenarios above against people within the LGBT remains frequent and omnipresent.
Most of the 20th century, Homosexuality was classified as an illness by The American Psychiatric Association in its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. This manual in sum describes how homosexuality is reflected on fallacy regarding gay and lesbian Americans. Of course, no descriptions of healthy and satisfied LGBT were included in this manual. Since 1973 the association removed homosexuality from it’s manual after the increasing studies showed it was in fact not an illness.
When we receive unsatisfactory or less than stellar healthcare, it can be difficult to not apply it to yourself personally – especially if you’re a woman and you’ve researched all the articles on gender bias and delayed diagnoses. Doctors these days seem to want to rush to hand out a “quick fix” and move on to the next patient.
Taking a step back, we can ask ourselves is bias the root of treatment? Can it be ill intent? Physicians pure exhaustion from the hundred of patients seen daily? … These questions can run through our mind as we experience feeling disrespected or not heard by our physicians. It undoubtedly can be worse when your sexual orientation and preferred gender identity are not aligned with what the mainstream culture is projecting.
The marginalization grows more profound when you recognize healthcare among lesbians, gay, bisexual and transgender. In 2014, a poll revealed that many who identify as LGBT in America are reported to lack health insurance compared to non-LGBT. Many LGBT Americans have trouble receiving or keeping steady health insurance. It’s no secret that LGBT have trouble in the healthcare setting. For example, many employers offer health coverage for their employees’ spouses, however they don’t extend those same benefits to same-sex partners. Many healthcare professionals still are not fully accepting of LGBT individuals.