As the trans community gains prominence in a movement for equality, Transgender Health looks to open doors and medical access in a peer-reviewed journal.
Launching in Fall 2015, Transgender Health will be an open access, peer-reviewed journal covering health and healthcare for the communities. Published by Mary Ann Liebert, she hopes a collection of data in journal form “will move the needle forward in supporting and improving transgender healthcare.”
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Focusing on the many elements of healthcare facing the transgender community, from patient and doctor communication to identity and lifespan knowledge, the idea is to foster an authorative point for all members to openly discuss what is happening. Coverage will include priority care, cultural competency, reproductive health, mental health, preventative measures for sexually transmitted diseases, and the best protocols for the medical community to not belittle patients.
And it’s thanks to celebrities like Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox proving that the public is more open that Liebert is able to create and launch Transgender Health.
“I want to personally thank Caitlyn Jenner for her courage and frankness which will inspire both patients and medical professionals to recognize the urgent need to deliver the best care to the transgender community," she said.
Jenner recieved the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs earlier this week, where she broke into tears when speaking about her transition and self-acceptance. Saying, "If you want to call me names, make jokes and doubt my intentions, go ahead because the reality is I can take it," but she also made it clear that there was more at stake. "But for thousands of kids out there coming to terms with the reality of who they are they shouldn't have to take it."
Healthcare is more than just physical care, it's also mental and emotional well-being. And spotlighting and highlighting the needs of others comes from many different sources. She demands that trans people "deserve your respect" because being trans isn't a deviation or illness, but a part of many people's search in finding a wholeness of self.
While the Olympic athlete is one of the most famous examples of transgender representation, she’s not the only star or activist. Cox has broken open walls on Netflix’s hit show Orange is the New Black and actively seeks solutions in the transgender community. And Chaz Bono, Cher’s son, openly transitioned in the public eye and is now a stage actor.
Not to mention, 14-year-old Jazz Jennings has I Am Jazz on TLC documenting life as a teen who happens to be trans. Plus, she founded Purple Rainbow Tails to raise money for other transgender teenagers. With the company, she makes custom silicone tails that work in water, ranging in price from $600 to $2300. And supports the TransKids Purple Rainbow Foundation, which helps children facing Gender Dysmorphia.
As more transgender people are given a voice to say their story and to talk about the political inequalities, like high rate of murder and violence against them, medical and cultural documentation will be critical in creating a more authentic view of healthcare. Using a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC BY) license, the journal’s intent is to insure easy access to the articles and participation from many areas of healthcare.
Healthcare parity is the end goal of the journal.
The Editor-in-Chief Robert Garofalo holds an MD and MPH. He also has experience as Professor in Pediatrics-Adolescent Medicine and Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Liebert also publishes LGBT Health, Journal of Women's Health, and AIDS Patient Care and STDs among a list of 80 journals, books, and news magazine.
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For manuscript submission information or alerts for Transgender Health, please email email@example.com. For information on finding trans healthcare, please visit The Center of Excellence of Transgender Health.