For LGBTQ Patients, Discrimination Can Become Barrier To Medical Care

In recent years, medical experts have been awakening to the specialized needs of LGBTQ people. But one of the most significant barriers to their care can sometimes be right in their doctor’s office.

Jamison Green knows this firsthand.

“One of the worst things is actually just anticipating having to explain yourself,” said Green, 70, who began his medical transition from female to male in 1988. “It causes tremendous stress and anxiety to think about being thrown out of a doctor’s office or being laughed at or being treated insensitively to the point of feeling abused.”

Green, who lives in Vancouver, Washington, and is a former president of the