November 13–19 sees the return of the annual Transgender Awareness Week celebrations. As the largest provider of LGBTQ+ primary medical care services in Orange County, Radiant Health Centers is proud to play its part in raising visibility for transgender issues in the community.
As in previous years, the events scheduled for this week present a unique opportunity to educate individuals on the experiences and challenges faced by transgender and gender non-conforming people.
What Is Transgender Awareness Week?
Transgender Awareness Week is a week-long series of events and activities that shine a light on the transgender community. During the celebration, transgender people and allies join together to discuss issues including transitioning, identity, prejudice, discrimination and healthcare access.
Over the years, participants have found many creative and educational outlets to spread awareness of transgender issues. From workshops and gender identity panels to creative expression and movie nights, this week brings various ways for people to engage with the community and its needs.
And with this week fast approaching, we look forward to lively and thought-provoking events that illuminate the incredible progress already made – and the many challenges still faced by the transgender community in Orange County.
Transgender Day of Remembrance
Immediately following Transgender Awareness Week is the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance. Taking place on November 20, this day commemorates the victims of transphobic violence with a vigil.
As with the Transgender Day of Visibility that celebrates the many contributions of transgender, nonbinary and gender non-conforming people, this is another important day in the calendar for Orange County’s LGBTQ+ community.
Addressing Healthcare Disparities Faced by Transgender People
We have previously highlighted transgender barriers to physical and mental healthcare, with mistreatment at the hands of medical providers being an unfortunately common issue. Because transgender people routinely face discrimination, this frequently leads to a reluctance to seek appropriate medical care.
A new report from the National LGBTQ Task Force shows that 19% of study participants have been denied care because they were transgender, while 28% have faced harassment in a medical setting.
At Radiant Health Centers, we are committed to providing a safe, compassionate and informed environment for transgender people. We offer vital primary care services such as screenings, diagnosis and treatment of common health problems, disease management and more.
We also provide targeted treatments to address the needs of many transgender individuals. Our hormone replacement therapy services have helped many people with their transition, and our knowledgeable staff ensures a medical environment free from discrimination and prejudice.
Delivering Medical Services for the LGBTQ+ Community in Orange County
Radiant Health Centers offers HIV testing and treatment, STD testing, primary care, telehealth and many other services for the LGBTQ+ community. We pride ourselves on providing safe, welcoming and inclusive care for patients at our Irvine clinic. For general inquiries, please call (949) 809-5700 or request an appointment today.