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The transgender community has experienced significant societal recognition in the last few years. Dramatic and reality TV shows have hit the small screen with huge ratings and viewership. Celebrities have come-out as trans. The Obama Administration has put measures in place prohibiting discrimination against transgender federal employees. Our president also named the first openly transgender political appointee, and he was the first president to use the word “transgender” in a speech.

 

Just a few years ago, the GLAAD/Harris Interactive poll reported that only 8% of Americans say they personally know someone who is transgender. Since all the current positive and not so positive news stories that have exploded onto news channels and social media, and since Caitlyn Jenner’s coming out last year, hardly a day goes by where we don’t hear a story about a transgender person.

 

In a 2015 HRC (Human Rights Campaign) survey, 66 percent of people who said they know a transgender individual expressed favorable feelings toward them—compared with 13 percent of people who don’t have trans friends, co-workers, or family members.

 

Yet, supportive, caring and knowledgeable health care systems still lack a basic understanding what it means to be transgender, what gender dysphoria really is and how it is NOT a mental illness. Transgender people are NOT getting the care they need.

 

Kelley Winters chats with Kathe Perez about WPATH (World Professional Association for Transgender Health) 2011 Standard’s of Care, about the updated ICD -10 codes (medical diagnostic coding), DSCM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders changes, and trans children and youth.

This podcast was adapted from a video interview. CLICK HERE to see the video.

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