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Breaking Down Barriers to Transgender Health and HIV Care

Part One of a Two-Part Series Exploring Perspectives on Transgender Health Access and Advocacy

    Danielle Castro
    Danielle Castro
    Tei Okamoto
    Tei Okamoto
    Devarah 'Dee' Borrego
    Devarah "Dee" Borrego
    "When there's so much ignorance and stigma around being transgender among the general population, I feel that there's complicity to allow us to be second-class citizens. It doesn't seem to the general population that there's anything wrong with treating us differently." \-- Devarah "Dee" Borrego
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    "When are gender markers relevant? When do you ask questions like 'What was the sex you were assigned at birth?' Who needs to know that? Does everybody need to know that? Does a primary care physician need to know that?" \-- Tei Okamoto
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    "People, and health care professionals in particular, tend to be curious. I think that's where the questions come from. Seeing a trans patient is like a learning opportunity, all of a sudden, for _themselves_ -- which is selfish, unprofessional and misguided." \-- Danielle Castro
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    Olivia G. Ford

    Olivia G. Ford

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    Olivia Ford is a contributing editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.