Thousands of children around the United States have parents who
are transgender, an umbrella term used to describe people whose gender
identity—one’s inner sense of being male or female—differs from the
sex assigned or presumed at birth.
The kinds of health care associated with gender transition have too
often been misunderstood as cosmetic, experimental or simply unnecessary.
Yet there is medical consensus that hormone therapy and sex reassignment
surgery (SRS) are medically necessary for many transgender
people. It’s quite clear now that a person’s gender identity—one’s inner
sense of being male or female—is deep-seated and cannot be changed,
and therefore that this transition-related health care can be crucial.
When you gotta go, you gotta go. Whether at work, in a restaurant
or passing through a train station, pretty much everyone needs to stop
into a restroom at some point while away from the comforts of home.
But this simple routine is anything but that for many transgender and
gender-nonconforming (TGNC) people.
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