transgender, health care, US, obstacles, LGBT, LGBT+


Medicine and Health Sciences


Leifa Mayers


This research aims to identify health care obstacles faced by members of the trans, gender non-conforming, and non-binary community. Through a literature review and a Qualtrics survey distributed to university students in the target community via email, obstacles to health care access and solutions to the obstacles were identified. Data collected from survey participants included demographic information, anecdotes about inclusive and exclusive health care experiences, and proposed solutions to health care obstacles. Obstacles to health care access stemmed from many sources, including from biases of health care providers. Solutions ranged from changes that individual providers could make to nation-wide education reform. Finding solutions to eliminate health care obstacles for the trans, gender non-conforming, and non-binary community is important because when they are able to access the care they need, negative health outcomes like substance abuse, suicidality, and comorbid mental health conditions decrease.