Everyone has health concerns. People within the transgender community can have additional questions and unique concerns that are complicated by social and political factors. Check out these resources to get the basic information to help you navigate healthcare concerns and issues.
This resource from the Movement Advancement Project shows maps of where in the U.S. there are and are not legal protections against transgender discrimination for public and private healthcare services. It also shows maps for where there are legal protections against transgender discrimination for other issues such as employment and adoption.
This resource from healthcare.gov covers some basic information about how transgender-specific medical care is handled in the Healthcare Marketplace, the U.S. marketplace for government-provided affordable healthcare.
This resource from Planned Parenthood discusses topics such as how to know if you identify as transgender and coming out. It also gives a brief overview of common options people could take to transition.
This resource from Mayo Clinic has a list of healthcare concerns trans men should consider whether you are transitioning or not.
This resource from the University of California is a brief summary of health concerns trans women should consider whether you are transitioning or not, and how various transitioning procedures affect your risk.
Hotlines to Know:
The Trevor Project
Crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ+ youth 13-24.
Chat: available 24/7 at https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now/ (
Call: 1-866-488-7386 (available 24/7/365)
Or text START to 678678 (available 24/7/365
LGBT National Hotline
Provides confidential peer-to-peer support, information, and local resources for all ages.
Available Monday thru Friday from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm, central time
(Monday thru Friday from 4:00 pm to midnight, eastern time)
Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, central time
(Saturday from noon to 5:00 pm, eastern time)
The Trans Lifeline
Trans-led and staffed hotline connecting trans people to support, community, and resources in order to support their wellbeing.
Hotline open 24/7
Hotline is guaranteed to be staffed during these times*:
*Their website states that operators are frequently available during off-hours as well, and encourage you to call if you need to.