Providing Trans-Affirming Healthcare”

TEMPLETON –Transgender residents of San Luis Obispo County and surrounding area should see better health care as a result of a seminar held here Saturday, Feb. 24.

Held at Twin Cities Community Hospital, the seminar was entitled “Providing Trans-Affirming Healthcare.” It was organized to help medical providers understand the special needs of their transgender and gender nonconforming patients. This was the first time such a seminar has been held in the county.

“Many transgender people have stories about negative experiences dealing with a doctor or mental health professional,” said Doug Heumann, the chair of Tranz Central Coast – an advocacy group for transgender people and sponsor of the seminar. “Most of these medical professions were never taught about transgender people in school. We want to change that,” 

About 30 professionals heard presentations on such topics as: respecting the names and pronouns of patients, hormone treatments, gender reassignment surgery, and helping patients deal with the psychological stress of growing up in a frequently hostile environment.

Other sponsors of the event were Twin Cities Community Hospital and its LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Advisory Council.