For the Record – The fight for transgender healthcare

Matthew Abrey – May 7, 2019

The LGBTQ2+ community is frustrated with the lack of specialized healthcare for their members.

Some members of B.C.’s LGBTQ2+ community feel some of their healthcare needs are not being sufficiently met.

Casper Fordy, an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ2+ rights, says not enough is being done to acknowledge the unique differences and challenges that come with being transgender.

“The medical research or education from the professionals and doctors in hospitals that aren’t specialized in trans care isn’t the best, so I hope to see that improve,” says Fordy.

Fordy, who identifies as non-binary masculine, also says that some doctors and health care professionals simply don’t understand the medical issues faced by the trans and queer community.

“A lot of the time, they just don’t understand” – Casper Fortin, LGBTQ2+ activist

Fordy says it has even gotten to a point where he feels discriminated against when he walks into doctors’ offices.

“I’ve met a lot of professionals that don’t understand or aren’t part of our community, and kind of make excuses and blame our transness or our queerness for the disorders that we have.”

Fordy added, however, that there are many groups in the Lower Mainland that offer support of all kinds to transgender and queer people, including Qmunity, Raven Song Community Health Centre, and Three Bridges.

Some transgender people face unique challenges when it comes to healthcare.