Transgender persons seek medical care at a variety of levels, from gender corrective surgery to routine wellness care just like everyone else. Unfortunately, the stigma associated with transgender and gender-variant persons prevent many medical professionals from fully understanding the healthcare protocols appropriate to this unique population.
[pullquote align=”full”]The ITWA is committed to empowering medical professionals to deliver competent and compassionate services to transgender patients.[/pullquote]
Some children display behavior that contradicts stereotypes of their birth gender when they are very young. On approaching adolescence, transgender youth become increasingly conflicted as they recognize themselves as someone different from their outward gender appearance. The stress this creates for the child and family can become overwhelming, and locating a competent professional to help can be difficult.
For adults, the cumulative effect of chronic stress and dysphoria, the reaction of family members, and very real challenges in sustaining employment through gender transition can add additional stress.
[pullquote align=”full”]The ITWA is committed to identifying mental-health professionals who are experienced and qualified to perform this most important work.[/pullquote]
Some spiritual communities lack understanding and acceptance of Trans-Identifying persons. The sudden rejection by one’s spiritual community can be devastating, especially at this most difficult of times. Fortunately, many organizations have stepped forward to partner with the ITWA and identify themselves as inclusive, spiritual communities who openly welcome Transgender persons as members.
[pullquote align=”full”]The ITWA is committed to help spiritual organizations become more accepting.[/pullquote]