On Oct. 18 and 19, Community Healthcare Network, a federally qualified health center with 15 sites throughout New York City, hosted its 8th Annual Conference on Transgender Health: TRANSforming Social Justice through Healthcare. Held at The New School in New York City, it was co-sponsored by Amida Care, New York's largest Medicaid not-for-profit special needs health plan.
"The conference explores the multiple issues that impact the lives and health of people of trans experience through the lens of social justice," said Freddy Molano, vice president of Infectious Diseases and LGBTQ Programs with Community Healthcare Network, beforehand. "Although amazing advancements have taken place on the clinical front, much more needs to be done to ensure there is a clear understanding of people of trans experience. Our conference will address that."
The event's keynote speakers were Jason Robert Ballard, founder and CEO of FTM Magazine, and Cecilia Gentili, director of policy with GMHC.
TheBody asked participants what they had found to be the most important aspect of their own trans health care journey. Here's what they said.
These transcripts have been lightly edited for style.
Tim Murphy has been living with HIV since 2000 and writing about HIV activism, science and treatment since 1994. He writes for and has been a staffer at POZ, and writes for the New York Times, New York Magazine, Out Magazine, The Advocate, Details and many other publications. He is also the author of the NYC AIDS-era novel Christodora.