September 18, 1996

Health Care Needs of Transgendered Patients

Author Affiliations

Seattle, Wash
San Jose, Calif
Avon, Conn
Pittsburgh, Pa
Milwaukee, Wis

JAMA. 1996;276(11):874. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03540110028026

To the Editor.  —As transgendered members of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), we wish to commend the American Medical Association Council on Scientific Affairs for its report.1 The Council Report is an excellent resource for physicians who wish to provide effective and respectful care to lesbians and gay men.When the Council next updates its recommendations for the care of sexual and gender minorities, we hope it will expand its focus to include the needs of a population that overlaps and is frequently associated with the lesbian and gay community—namely, the transgendered.Transgendered individuals live full- or part-time in the gender role opposite to the one in which they were born. They often seek medical assistance, including hormonal therapy and cosmetic surgery, to more completely approximate the appearance of the gender in which they choose to live. This is especially true of transsexuals, who also usually seek