Simply respecting a patient’s identity and giving them autonomy over their body and examinations, as Parker’s doctors did, can make a world of difference, Olson explains. But sadly, Parker’s experience is not the norm: According to data
from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey, many transgender people have trouble finding providers who are sensitive to these specific needs. For instance, 19% of survey respondents reported being denied medical care when sick or injured due to discrimination; 28% reported harassment in medical settings. Half of all respondents reported having to teach their medical providers about transgender-specific needs.