Fluency, Inc., the sister company of Language World Services, Inc. recently released one of the most hard-hitting, powerful short films Wilson-Stronks has seen demonstrating what it is like for limited English speakers to try to receive health care in the United States.
Please watch this and share it with others you know working in the health care field.
A recent state ruling in Colorado finding an elementary school guilty of discriminating against a first grade transgender student may set the precedent for transgender individuals across the nation. The New York Times highlighted the story of Coy Mathises, a six year old who was born biologically male, but from an early age identified as female. Her parents informed the school to treat her as such, and the school complied, to a point. The six year old was told she could no longer use the female restrooms and must use the staff bathroom or gender neutral restrooms; the school feared that as Coy grew older, other students may feel uncomfortable with Coy in the restrooms.
Colorado clearly found that the school violated the state’s anti-discrimination laws. What does this mean for healthcare? Currently 17 states offer legal protections for transgender individuals. Hospitals in these states, and in all states, should abide by policies to reduce discrimination against transgender individuals by acknowledging individuals by the gender they identify as and by considering implementing gender-neutral restrooms. This is by no means a simple issue, but there are pro-active steps hospitals and healthcare systems can take to avoid discrimination. Hospitals should start by adapting anti-discrimination policies in their hospitals and by learning their state’s legal rights. In states with anti-discrimination laws for transgender individuals, hospitals are generally considered places of public accommodation and should abide by these rules. In states without protections for transgender individuals, hospitals and health systems should still consider adapting anti-discrimination policies. It is against federal law for hospitals to turn away an individual from an Emergency Room for any reason, including a transgender individual.
Know your state’s health rights:
NY Times article: