LGBT Denmark wants better health for transgender people

Amnesty has released the report on transgender treatment in Denmark. LGBT Denmark has contributed to the report and transgender stories in the report are consistent with our knowledge of the area.

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Transgender Political spokesperson for LGBT Denmark – Danish National Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people, said:

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“For decades could transgender ask your doctor for a referral to a gynaecologist for treatment with sex hormones, a system which has worked without significant problems.

In 2012 got a young transgender man removed his unwanted breasts in a private hospital. He shared his joy in the operation. The story was popularised in the media and unfortunately got moral guardians managed to discredit transgender ability to decide over their own bodies.

As a result of the criticism moral guardians traveled, elected Board of Health (Sundhedsstyrelsento restrict transgender people access to treatment with justifications such as that it is important to ensure a high health for transgender people and to ensure a high level of care.

In LGBT Denmark, we can only conclude that self-medication is increasing among transgender, that was estimated in a study by the National Institute of Public Health (Statens Institut for folkesundhed ). According to the study, 18% now self-medication. Is it high health when self-medication explodes? asks LGBT Denmark.

In Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands gender reassignment surgery are 3-4 times higher per. capita than in Denmark. It can, of course, because there are very few transgender people in Denmark in relation to the countries we compare us with. A more plausible explanation is that the high professional level of treatment is not particularly high when look closer on transgender people’s treatment in Denmark.

Photo By No machine-readable author provided. NielsB assumed (based on copyright claims). [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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