December 10, 2008
Transgender Advocacy Group Applauds Public Advocate Gotbaum's Call for Improved Health Care Access
Report Highlights Problems Transgender New Yorkers Face When Seeking Care at City Hospitals
NEW YORK – The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund [TLDEF] applauds Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum's release of her report "Improving Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Access to Healthcare at New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation Facilities." It chronicles the barriers lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender New Yorkers often report they face when they try to obtain basic health care from New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC).
"Transgender people face tremendous discrimination in the health care system," TLDEF executive director Michael Silverman said. "It simply fails to meet their most basic needs. And the result has been a community-wide disengagement from the health care system that must be remedied."
TLDEF works to improve access to care for transgender New Yorkers through its Access to Health Care Program and community organizing project, the Transgender Health Initiative of New York. TLDEF has made substantial progress working with HHC to improve access to care for transgender New Yorkers over the past year. "Consistent with its mission to serve all New Yorkers, HHC has embraced the challenge of improving care for transgender patients," Silverman added. "We look forward to working with HHC and Public Advocate Gotbaum to ensure transgender New Yorkers have equal access to health care."