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Gendered: What It's Like To Be Trans In The Exam Room

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Illustration of two people inside a clinic room with the word Gendered at the top in the colors of the transgender flag. A masculine-presenting person is leaning against a hospital bed with a bubble above their head with a question mark in it. They are facing a feminine-presenting person in a white coat who is looking at health records. Around the room is wall art with a variety of symbols around gender and a shelf with a number of pamphlets with question marks at the front.
Charnel Hunter

Anita knows how frustrating it can be to find the right doctor and get good healthcare. Transgender people have to navigate all those challenges and take extra measures to advocate for their wellbeing with medical providers who are too often untrained to treat them.

Meet the guests:

  • Max Brown, a transgender teenager living in North Carolina, talks about being misgendered in the healthcare system and how finding a supportive healthcare provider has changed his physical and mental health.
  • Frances Brown, Max's mom, talks about advocating for her son and advice for parents of other trans teens.
  • Katherine Croft, nurse and program manager for the UNC Transgender Health Program, shares the importance of delivering gender-affirming care.
  • Rebby Kern, director of education policy at Equality NC, talks about the role in-classroom educators play in creating positive experiences for trans kids.
  • Morgan Givens, storyteller and audio producer, talks about his long road to finding a supportive healthcare provider and the difference that doctor has made in his life.

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Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist, host, creator, and executive editor of "Embodied," a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships & health.