Trans* Health

Whilst in recent years the health needs of trans* people have been included in the LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex) health agenda, it is important to note that on many, if not most indicators, sex and gender diverse (Trans) people have poorer health and face greater stigma and discrimination than lesbian, gay and bisexual people. In addition the health and legal issues and need for health services, particularly for those who choose to transition, are very different from the needs of lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

 

  •   35.2% rated their general health as ‘good’ and 28.9% as ‘very good’ – both lower than for the Australian population (Australian National Health Survey, ABS, 2006b).

 

  •   36.2% met the criteria for a current major depressive episode – higher than an LGBT sample (24.4% ‘Private Lives’) and general Australian population (6.8%).

 

  •   66.7% reported receiving enough satisfactory information about their gender issues from health practitioners/services.

 

  •   73.1% had used hormone treatment for gender-related reasons.

 

  •   39.1% had had some form of gender affirming (sex reassignment) surgery, most of these (71.7%) reported 1 or 2 procedures

 

  •   88.9% of those who had had surgery had attempted to amend documentation to reflect current gender identity compared to only 25.7% who had not had surgery

 

  •   87.4% had experienced at least one form of stigma or discrimination, with 53.4% of participants being verbally abused, 33.6% had received threats of violence or intimidation and 18.6% had experienced a physical attack or other kind of violence.

 

  •   87.4% had experienced at least one form of stigma or discrimination, with 53.4% of participants being verbally abused, 33.6% had received threats of violence or intimidation and 18.6% had experienced a physical attack or other kind of violence.

 

  •   16.1% had experienced partner violence

 

 

As an LGBTI health organisation QuAC recognises that while there are connections and similarities between the health and well-being needs and experiences of sex and gender diverse (Trans) people and lesbian, gay, bisexual people, there is also a lot that is different. QuAC’s programs are inclusive of trans* people, however we also have a range of programs which are specifically trans* focussed.

 

  •   The Gender Clinic is run from our Brisbane office on Wednesdays in partnership with the Australian Transgender Support Association Queensland and Dr. Gale Bearman

 

  •   Many Genders One Voice is a sex and gender diverse health action group, that is hosted by QuAC and is open to health service providers, volunteers, community members and other interested people.

 

 

  •   Queensland Transgender, Sister Girl and Gender Diverse Conference: Health and Well-Being Into the Future held in 2012 www.transconference.org.au )

 

  •   FTM Brisbane is a website run by volunteers from QuAC’s Many Genders One Voice to connect trans men in the Brisbane area - and hopefully Queensland and Northern New South Wales!