Many health professionals may not be familiar with working with transgender or gender diverse individuals. As such, it might be challenging for them to navigate with confidence the correct terminology. Gender identity is protected by law and as such discrimination against transgender and gender diverse individuals in clinical setting could be unlawful. It is therefore extremely important for clinicians to have basic communication skills with transgender and gender diverse patients in order for them to provide accessible healthcare.
In the following section, we’ll develop some of your clinical skills when treating trans and gender diverse patients.
Prerequisite note: if you haven't already, we recommend you check out our first short course on Terminology, which will help you to have an understanding of terms used in this course, including Sex, Gender and Sexuality. It is optional but will help set a foundational understanding of what these terms mean.