Recent studies estimate that 3.5% of the US population identifies as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender), with 0.3% identifying as transgender. Among the population of transgender individuals, it is estimated that one in five have unstable housing or are in need of shelter services. A disproportionately large percentage (20-40%) of homeless youth identify as LGBT. While Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) providers have often been on the leading edge of advocating for these kinds of services, many clinics still lack inclusive and welcoming environments and ranges of service for transgender patients.
This issue of Healing Hands examines the health care experiences of transgender individuals who are experiencing homelessness. Clinics and clinicians can learn how to create more welcoming environments and explore resources for understanding the unique health needs of transgender people. Continuing education credit is available for this issue.