On this Give OUT Day, can you help fund our plan to increase access to healthcare for transgender Mountaineers?
The Trump administration decided to roll back the ACA’s nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people — in the middle of a pandemic. Their decision means doctors and nurses will be able to deny care to our community because of someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
It’s scary to think that anyone could be denied care in the middle of this pandemic. Unfortunately, this move will likely affect transgender people the hardest. Transgender people in West Virginia face huge barriers to accessing the care they need, and this decision makes their lives that much harder.
It’s Give OUT Day today, a nationwide day to invest in LGBTQ organizations working to make their communities a better place. I’m reaching out because I need your help.
We surveyed dozens of transgender Mountaineers, and almost 70 percent said they have delayed going to the doctor out of fear of facing discrimination. One in five people said they have been outright refused care.
We take this issue seriously. It’s why we devote so much of our time to training doctors across our state on how they can provide competent and compassionate care to transgender people. No one should have to drive hours out of state to access health care. The Transgender Health Guide we unveiled earlier this year is helping our community find providers in their own backyard.
This work would not be possible without your support. We depend on generous gifts from people like you to keep this project going. With the Trump administration putting our health care at risk and the pandemic threatening our lives, our program needs your support now more than ever.
Our transgender family members, friends and neighbors can’t wait for the courts to strike down the Trump administration’s decision. They deserve to be able to access the health care they need, when they need it.
Yours in Fairness,