Recentering Trans Inclusivity in Reproductive Healthcare : Narratives of social support in online spaces through experiences of stigma in sexual and reproductive healthcare for trans masculine identities

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Price, Natalie Elena
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2020-11-01
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This paper explores the multi-faceted experiences of stigma and discrimination that trans masculine people face in accessing sexual and reproductive healthcare. I approach discourses around stigma resilience in social support and online spaces through scholarly research and qualitative interviews from studies with trans identifying and other LGBTQ participants. I explore how online spaces mitigate stigma and serve as a place of identity workshopping, peer connection, and liminality for trans masculine men. The lack of knowledge from healthcare providers and limited or non-existent support from family and peer networks further limits the number of resources for transgender men. Moreover, the use of online spaces as a way to navigate stigma as the major source of social support exposes the urgency for trans inclusivity in reproductive healthcare. I also examine how one local reproductive clinic, Planned Parenthood of Kalamazoo, includes transgender advocacy within their work and clinical practice, specifically evaluating staff members’ perceptions of transgender inclusivity at Planned Parenthood and drawing implications from a self-produced survey. My primary aim for this case study was to explore how Planned Parenthood employee personal understandings of trans inclusivity shape the reproductive health services and community health initiatives that Planned Parenthood provides in the Kalamazoo community. The findings from this survey led me to develop a series of recommendations for ways in which reproductive health providers can recenter trans inclusivity in their care. I conclude that online spaces are a critical way to mitigate stigma for transgender patients, and that collaboration between patient and provider is necessary to foster trust and advocacy.
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iv, 39 p.
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