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posted on 2023-08-18, 13:26 authored by Emily Hutchings

The transgender community is heavily marginalised, with individuals facing stigmatisation and discrimination in social and healthcare settings. The violence and psychological harm experienced by transgender people severely impacts on their quality of life, and is a direct breach of fundamental human rights. Twenty-five million people, approximately 0.5% of the world’s population, identify as being transgender. The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines universal health coverage as “ensuring that all people have access to needed health services”, but globally, members of the LGBTQ+ community face significant barriers to care. To improve healthcare delivery to transgender individuals, it is crucial to understand the challenges they face when accessing healthcare, and the role that healthcare professionals have in breaking down these barriers.



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Hutchings E. Gender identity and stigma. RCSIsmj. 2020;13(1):107-111

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