Specialists in name or practice? The inclusion of transgender and gender diverse identities in online materials of gender specialists

Natalie R. Holt, Robyn E. King, Richard Mocarski, Nathan Woodruff, Debra A. Hope

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Abstract

Recommendations for health care providers working with transgender and gender diverse (TGD) individuals emphasize affirming clients’ identities, such as using correct pronouns and name, however, it is unknown how often gender specialists adhere to such recommendations. Websites and intake forms of gender specialists were coded for use of affirming language, asking for pronouns and chosen name, and mention of TGD specialties and resources. Most websites identified the provider’s specialty to work with TGD individuals, though much fewer provided additional resources concerning TGD issues and only half of intake forms included affirming language. Given previous research that has demonstrated providers working in states with legal protections for TGD individuals use affirming language more often than providers in locales without protections, association with state legal climate is also examined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • Behavioral health providers
  • gender-affirmative practices
  • intake forms
  • legal climate
  • provider websites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science

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