Infographic: Health disparities faced by the transgender community

Today is International Transgender Day of Remembrance, which calls on us to honor the memory of those “those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.” Violence against trans and other gender non-conforming people persists in many forms, including unacceptable health disparities resulting from discrimination and poor care. This infographic from Fenway Health (via Think Progress) presents a concise, powerful look at the situation:

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Alexandra Brodsky is an editor at, student at Yale Law School, and founding co-director of Know Your IX, a national legal education campaign against campus gender-based violence. Alexandra has written for publications including the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Guardian, and the Nation, and she has spoken about violence against women and reproductive justice on MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, and NPR. Through Know Your IX, she has organized with students across the country to build campuses free from discrimination and violence, developed federal policy on Title IX enforcement, and has testified at the Senate. At Yale Law, Alexandra focuses on antidiscrimination law and is a member of the Veterans Legal Services Clinic. Alexandra is committed to developing and strengthening responses to gender-based violence outside the criminal justice system through writing, organizing, and the law. Keep an eye out for The Feminist Utopia Project, co-edited by Alexandra and forthcoming from the Feminist Press (2015).

Alexandra Brodsky is an editor at, student at Yale Law School, and founding co-director of Know Your IX.

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  • Jemma Howitzer

    It is 2012. For God’s sake, can we please stop using outdated terms like “Male-to-female” and “female-to-male”? Trans women were never male, and trans men were never female. This idea that we once were prioritizes doctor’s assignments over patients lived realities. This idea that we once were assigns any portion of validity and reality to the idea that gender develops from being assigned.

    If someone is going to put “male-to-female”, “female-to-male”, FTM, or MTF on their poster, I would be happier if they threw their poster in the trash. Positing themselves as a point of authority, acting as a teacher, teaching the unenlightened masses that they could resist oppression and “do the right thing” by referring to trans people by their birth genitals, it’s infuriating. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to explain to a proto-feminist, fresh from college, “Yes, I realize that you read the term MTF on a poster about trans rights at a feminist conference in your women’s studies center on your university campus. BUT, that term is outdated, and wrong, and based on cissexist knowledge. Do not use it”.