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How can we improve transgender people's access to health care?

Renberg Theatre, Los Angeles LGBT Center

The doctor won’t see you now…

Millions watched as Bruce Jenner told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer, “For all intents and purposes, I’m a woman.” Bruce Jenner is now Caitlyn Jenner. And transgender characters seem to be everywhere on TV — and celebrated for it.

Caitlyn can afford all the support she needs, but does all of this attention herald a new day for every other transgender person?

Not necessarily. Trans people are not only well-to-do actors and celebrities. It's a cultural moment for transgender people: their issues have never had a platform of this scale before. But one of their most basic needs – health care – is out of reach for many.

Many people who identify as trans or gender non-conforming do not have the resources, money or connections that Caitlyn Jenner has. Some may be well-to-do actors and celebrities, but there are also poor Latinas in Orange County and unauthorized immigrants in South LA. Trans people are four times more likely to live in extreme poverty, often subsisting on less than $10,000 a year.

In our program we’ll talk about how not much has changed for these people: they still face the daily threat of violence; financial and social barriers to safe and reliable medical services of any kind, including for their transitions; cultural and generational misunderstanding.

KPCC’s Leo Duran and his guests take on these issues, explore ways to raise awareness and talk about solutions that could work. Join us as we gather at the Los Angeles LGBT Center; share your story and find out more about the struggles that trans people face.


Tisha Chere Baird, MD: Kaiser Permanente Southern California Lead Endocrinologist for Transgender Care and an Inter-Regional LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Intersex) Committee Member and Champion

Alexander Fuller: member of the transmen fraternity Alpha Omega Nu and the Brown Boi Project. Co-founder of KingsMen Court

Aydin C. Kennedy: Associate Clinical Social Worker in the state of California; he has been working with the queer and transgender community since 1995

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