UCLA Health experts explain what goes into deciding to come out. One shares his personal experience.
“I’m honored to work at an organization that supports diversity and inclusion,” says David Fraqueli, director of IT administration for UCLA Health. David marched with fellow UCLA employees and students during the annual PRIDE parade. “It’s terrific and they mean what they say. I always feel supported at work. I love that UCLA’s presence is [...]
Barriers to health care often exist for transgender or gender-diverse patients, making them less inclined to seek health care. “Many transgender patients have had a negative experience with health care providers, which prevents them from wanting to seek routine medical care,” says Allison Diamant, MD, MSHS, an internal medicine physician [...]
For transgender or gender-diverse patients, receiving routine or specialty medical care can be challenging. When transgender patients seek care, they may face obstacles such as: Misunderstanding by the medical community about transgender issues Refusal of care by a medical professional Questions about their gender that are unrelated to the medical [...]
It's taken me a long time to accept myself. Twenty years ago, when I finally began the process, it was almost impossible to get insurance companies to pay for trans related care of any kind. Around 2002, I intuitively and stubbornly began to do whatever I could to confirm what [...]