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Q: How has the COVID-19 Pandemic disproportionately affected mental health services available to the transgender community?
A: Like many marginalized communities, the trans community received less mental health care due to overburdened systems. Because many people started going to therapy during the pandemic, there was a greater demand for mental health services. As a result, many trans individuals were transitioned off of caseloads to accommodate the general public. Additionally, the quality of care was affected by overworked therapists and a lack of resources. During this time, I experienced medication errors and a lapse in therapy appointments. Isolation and other societal factors often lead members of the trans community to suicidality. Because of this it has been crucial that trans folx have access to mental health services, especially as isolation increased during the pandemic.
Q: What were the health challenges experienced by the transgender community during the pandemic?
A: Throughout the pandemic, we experienced numerous shortages in feminizing and masculinizing hormone therapy. Because transgender individuals rely on hormone therapy to support and to maintain transition, a lack of access increased stress and heightened experiences of gender dysphoria. Additionally, a lot of gender affirming surgeries were canceled or postponed during the pandemic, which is devastating to someone who has waited and followed all of the necessary steps needed for surgery.
Q: Did you observe an increase in financial stress during the pandemic?
A: I lost my job during the pandemic because the organization suffered financial consequences. Since then, I have been struggling to find employment. It is not easy for transgender individuals to find work because of discrimination. Rates of homelessness among the transgender community increased during the pandemic because of a loss of employment.
In closing, “I don’t know a single trans person that wasn’t significantly affected by the pandemic….Because we are in societal conditions that lead to more stress and trauma, the transgender community was especially vulnerable to the devastating effects of the pandemic.
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The impacts of COVID-19 have disproportionately impacted mental health services to the transgender community. If you are seeking gender affirming therapy or support regarding the specific experiences of the transgender community during the pandemic, meeting with one of our therapists might be a great option for you. Our inclusive therapists will provide support and give you tools to help navigate LGBTQ specific challenges.
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