Make Transgender Affirming Medical Care Acessible for All!

On our past work

“I really loved how personable you were throughout the study. You genuinely cared about how I was feeling and what was going on in my life. I liked how we tried a myriad of mindfulness exercises that challenged me to be in the moment. I found that those exercises had a positive effect on my gender dysphoria and greatly reduced the amount of stress that I experienced day to day. I would recommend mindfulness, along with the other practices that you offer, to anyone in the LGBTQIA community as we are frequently taught that the way we view our bodies, the way we think, and the way we love are incorrect and should be changed. This organization encourages people to be their authentic selves and I know that to be life-changing.”

-Tristan, on participation in our study on Mindfulness and Gender Dysphoria


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Join Upswing Advocates in our push for making gender affirming medical care available to all!

We aim to raise $30,000 by end of year, that in addition to a $20,000 grant awarded, will propel this project forward.

Many medical trainees share that learning about transgender care is important and that education in gender-confirming surgery would be beneficial (Dy et al., 2016; Morrison et al. 2016). However, exposure to transgender patient care currently is limited to a median of 1 hour of didactics exposure and 2 hours of clinical exposure annually during plastic surgery or urology residencies (Morrison et al., 2017).

This project provides free, intensive two-day trainings for medical students on affirming medical care for transgender and gender expansive patients.

These trainings address implicit bias, values and ethics, and best practice for serving transgender patients.

Licensed medical providers are also welcome to attend this as a sliding-scale option for continuing education.