A new report has found that one in seven transgender people have been denied care or treatment by their GP because they are transgender.
Produced and published by TransActual UK, 2021 Trans Lives Survey: Tracking the UK’s Harsh Environment found that almost half of general practitioners (45%) do not fully understand the health care needs of transgender people. This rises to 55% for non-binary experiences.
This leads six in ten transgender people to avoid seeking medical help when they are not feeling well.
The figures come from one of the most in-depth direct surveys Trans experience in UK in 2021.
TransActual says this is further proof of the high levels of daily discrimination faced by trans and non-binary people in the UK.
“These results are shocking but by no means unexpected,” said Chay Brown, director of TransActual. “They just put numbers on a perilous situation that almost all trans people in the UK are well aware of. Transphobia is inevitable whether we are at home, at work or in the doctor’s office.”
Despite broader progressive LGBTQ rights laws, the UK has now been demoted in a number of reports that follow human rights laws due to growing anti-trans sentiment.
The latest, published this week by the Council of Europe, noted the “marked increase” in anti-LGBTQ + hate speech and hate crime in the UK. The report names the UK alongside countries like Hungary, Poland, Turkey and the Russian Federation where it is becoming increasingly difficult to be LGBTQ.
It follows the broader trend in the impact of transgender healthcare in the UK over the past two years.
Last week i News reported that no one under the age of 17 seeking treatment from a hormone specialist through England’s NHS Trans Youth Service since December of last year has been referred.
This is despite a High Court ruling preventing this, being partially overturned in March, allowing them to access it with parental authorization.
While the life-changing surgery for transgender men has not resumed since the pandemic. Rules preventing elective surgery during Covid-19 height were lifted in April. Trans Actual says patients still do not have a schedule for the restart.
Last year, the Good Law Project announced plans to take legal action against NHS England for “persistent and long-standing violations of the law” within gender identity development services.
The report also highlights the overwhelming nature of anti-transgender sentiment in the UK media.
Because of this, he found that virtually all (99%) of transgender people experience discrimination on social media, with nine in ten saying bias in the news turns into hatred from strangers on the streets. .
“The real scandal here is how much the media have conspired to ignore this situation,” said Jane Fae, president of Trans Media Watch. “They prefer, instead, to produce tens of thousands of words about the widely imagined consequences of reforming the gender recognition law.”
“Ultimately, transphobia impacts every aspect of trans people’s daily lives, from relationships with friends and families to healthcare, and even listening to the radio.
“Your actions (and inactions) have a profound impact on us all.”