Recommended Reading: Why There’s a Medical Crisis for Transgender Youth (Guest Column) – Hollywood Reporter

This opinion piece was recommended by a friend on Facebook. It looks at the scarcity of services for transgender children and youth. The piece is by Dr. Johanna Olson, as told to Chris Gardner. Here are the opening paragraphs. Continue reading this piece by following the link at the bottom of this post…

The head of Los Angeles’ only clinic dedicated to young trans patients at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles talks scarcity of providers, lack of resources and the ethics involved with prescribing puberty-blockers.


Illustration by: Lars Leetaru Via The Hollywood Reporter

Transgender visibility has increased dramatically in the past five years in the United States. Viewers are exposed to transgender characters through TV shows like Transparent and Orange Is the New Black and even youth-oriented shows like TeenNick’s Degrassi: The Next Generation and TLC’s I Am Jazz. Public figures like Caitlyn Jenner, Chaz Bono, Janet Mock and Laverne Cox are humanizing trans experiences.

But there is a huge disparity when it comes to available transgender medical care. With no reliable data on how many trans people are in the U.S., the health-care community is not prepared to provide adequate and appropriate trans-related services for those in need. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles has the only dedicated clinic for transgender youth in Los Angeles. San Francisco, Chicago, Boston and a few other large cities have centers, but in most other places around the country, there’s a dearth of providers. After Caitlyn’s Diane Sawyer interview, a parent of a young transgender child in the Midwest called me looking for help and a referral. Unless a family can get to one of the few existing centers, there’s practically nothing in the way of services available. Sometimes this is true even for people within 50 miles of our center…

Continue reading this piece here at The Hollywood Reporter:


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