NYAGRA publishes first NYC transgender health care provider directory

NYAGRA provider directory cover

On July 21, the New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA) published the first public directory of transgender-sensitive providers in the New York City metropolitan area. The Gender Identity Project (GIP) of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (208 W. 13th St. in Manhattan) hosted a special event from 7-9 p.m. at which hundreds of copies of the provider directory were distributed to members of the transgender community. The directory – which includes of physicians, mental health professionals, acupuncturists, and AIDS agencies as well as other health care providers – is a project of the Transgender Health Initiative of New York (THINY), a community organizing project whose goal is to ensure that transgendered and gender non-conforming people can access health care in a safe, respectful and non-discriminatory manner. THINY was established by the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF), NYAGRA, and the Center GIP in 2004 and has been coordinated by TLDEF staff since then.

Transgendered and gender-variant people face pervasive discrimination and insensitivity when trying to access on health care in New York City and its metropolitan area. Up until now, community members could access transgender-sensitive physicians and other health care providers through referrals from the GIP and other social service providers, but there has never been a published directory of such health care providers available to the general public. The 26-page NYAGRA directory was compiled by Kelly White under the direction of Pauline Park, chair of the NYAGRA board of directors. White is a Cornell University student who joined NYAGRA in June 2009 as part of a paid summer internship through the Cornell Urban Scholars Program (CUSP).

While similar provider directories for other cities (Boston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul) have been made available on-line, the NYAGRA directory may well be the first directory of transgender-sensitive health care providers published in a print edition anywhere in the United States.

The NYAGRA provider directory is now available on-line through the TLDEF website.

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