Healthcare services have historically overlooked queer and transgender identities and experiences. One in five transgender and gender nonconforming people report being refused care due to their gender identity, while 50% said they had to teach their providers about proper care for a transgender or gender nonconforming person, according to a recent survey of 6,450 transgender and gender nonconforming people from the National LGBTQ Task Force.
“The trans experience is unique in that, for most, it involves navigating a gender and cis-normative healthcare system that may not understand their experiences. It can be highly traumatic,” said Dr. Matthew Wetschler, co-founder and CEO of Plume. This is starting to change, thanks to a handful of new healthcare startups created expressly for LGBTQIA+ patients.