GLMA Submits Comments Urging the VA to
Support Transition-Related Care for Transgender Veterans
Updated 9/10/18: GLMA was proud to have joined other health professional organizations on a sign-on letter, as well as submitting an individual organizational letter, urging the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Trump Administration to support transition related care for transgender veterans. No veteran should be denied the care their healthcare providers recommend.
Time and time again, the Trump Administration has proven itself to be no ally to the LGBTQ community, especially to transgender people. Not only does it continue to believe transgender individuals are unfit to serve in the military, but now it is working to prevent transgender veterans from accessing the care that their healthcare providers recommend. Now, the Department of Veterans Affairs is accepting comments as to whether the VA should provide medically necessary care for transgender veterans.
All veterans deserve medically necessary care, regardless of their gender identity and/or sexual orientation. The evidence clearly shows that excluding any medical treatments for gender dysphoria harms the mental and physical health and well-being of transgender veterans, and in some cases, put their lives at risk.
Despite this overwhelming evidence, the Administration continues to falsely claim that there is “scientific uncertainty and overall lack of high quality scientific evidence demonstrating the extent to which transition-related treatments [..] remedy the multifaceted mental health problems associated with gender dysphoria.”
We know this is not true and need our healthcare experts to speak up now! Tell the Department of Veteran Affairs and President Trump that NO VETERAN should be denied the care their providers recommend! Everyone is encouraged to submit a comment!
How to Help:
If you are a licensed healthcare provider:*
All licensed providers are asked to sign-on to a joint letter in support of transition-related care for transgender veterans, drafted by Nick Gorton, MD, one of the nation's leading transgender health experts.
GLMA strongly encourages all licensed providers to join this letter by using this sign-on link.
Be sure to share this letter and sign-on link with any interested and qualified colleagues. To be included on this letter, you must sign-on no later than 10PM Eastern on Friday, September 7th.
All other health professionals and LGBTQ health supporters, please use the comment template provided below:
Please personalize this template based on any relevant experiences, if applicable. Note, comments can be brief and succinct - the important thing is to submit. Be sure to submit your comments no later than 11:59PM Eastern on Friday, September 7th,
Please start your comment by stating your name and your professional background. Then use what follows:
“I believe all eligible veterans deserve fair and equal access to medically necessary care, and that it is wrong to single out any group of veterans to deny medical care. Excluding medical treatments for transition-related care hurts veterans who have proudly served their country, harming their mental and physical health and, in some cases, putting their lives at risk.
"Healthcare decisions should be made by healthcare providers and their patients based on current standards of care. Nobody should put themselves between veterans and the care their VA healthcare providers have recommended.”
Be sure to submit your comments or join the letter no later than Friday night! (September 7)
Please share to your networks!
The suggested comment template has been adapted from materials provided by the National Center for Transgender Equality.