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The transgender binary and genderqueer health

Academic discussions of transgender identities and healthcare have increased in recent years, but genderqueer and non-binary (GQ/NB) identities are largely ignored within health research. Although researchers and practitioners are aware that GQ/NB identities differ from the identities of binary transgender people who describe themselves as men or women, they continue to group GQ/NB people under binary transgender services. In this exploratory study, I interviewed ten GQ/NB people about their healthcare experiences. These interviews were analyzed using an emergent coding approach. The themes that emerged from this data include; the negative impact of medical providers who are not well versed in GQ/NB issues, the use of transgender binary scripts to receive desired health services, and issues of insurance coverage.

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