Tri-State recognizes Transgender Awareness Day

All three states recognize Thursday as Transgender Visibility Day. This day is an opportunity to celebrate transgender people and highlight the challenges and discrimination they face.

Several events are planned throughout the area, including at the Cincinnati Downtown Public Library branch.

“Our libraries are here as community incubators to bring people together to connect to resources, meet and grow together,” said David Siders, civic engagement coordinator at the Cincinnati Public Library and of Hamilton County.

The event will feature speakers and organizers who support transgender people. It operates from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the main downtown library branch.

An organizer said events like these give people the opportunity to learn more about the transgender community.

“For the people of the CIS who are not as familiar with trans issues and all that to better understand what our lives are like, so the good and the bad, the struggles we have and the things they don’t realize maybe not that we have to deal with and stuff like that,” said Elliot Kesse, board member of the Transgender Advocacy Council, who also works with Heartland Trans Wellness.

The Cincinnati Library also has several LGBTQ+ resources available online and a service called “Queer Gabby” that allows children and teens to ask anonymous questions that will be answered publicly in a format similar to a “Dear Abby” advice column. “.

Across town, the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine has created and expanded a transgender medicine program in recent years. The program aims to educate students on how medicine can help and support transgender people. It was started in 2016 by Sarah Pickle, MD of UC’s Department of Family and Community Medicine and Aaron Marshall, PhD, of the Department of Medical Education.

Some medical students said it was part of the reason they chose to go to UC.

“As we look to the future of medicine, many people are hoping that this next generation will take on some of the roles that will be more educated in our community and understand how to integrate medicine and community practice,” said a medical student. . Malia Schram.

Schram is a third-year medical student at the University of Cincinnati and is a member of the LGBTQ+ community. They plan to go into family medicine.

Schram said they chose UC in part because of the range of opportunities that allowed them to be themselves. On campus, they studied transgender medicine and worked on independent community projects.

Studies show that members of the LGBTQ community may face discrimination when seeking health care. The university said transgender medicine programs are not widespread.

Schram said increasing diversity in the healthcare industry will improve patient care.

“The more representation you have in training and in your ability to care for people who are like you and who are different from you, the better you are able to connect,” Schram said. “The more you are able to plead.”

UC’s medical school said the transgender medicine program is for all students and the skills learned can also help care for other marginalized communities.

You can learn more about some of this work by watching WCPO’s Pride Special 2021.

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