Healthcare
10:08 am
Thu October 31, 2013

The transgendered face unique personal and healthcare challenges

The transgendered have unique healthcare needs that can be challenging for both the patient and - in some cases - the physician.

A first-of-its-kind-for-Montana health care conference, held recently in Missoula, drew over 100 participants from across the country. The Gender Expansion Conference included medical and mental health care professionals, transgendered individuals, their parents and advocates.

We must champion choices in healthcare above all else

The conference was sponsored by Missoula's Blue Mountain Clinic with assistance from the Pride Foundation and the Gender Expansion Project.

Lynsey Bourke (L) and Erin Armstrong (R)
Lynsey Bourke (L) and Erin Armstrong (R)
Credit Edward O'Brien

In this feature interview, Blue Mountain's Lynsey Bourke and conference participant Erin Armstrong, discuss the sometimes complicated health care - and personal -  issues facing the transgendered. First, Burke explains the difference between "sex" and "gender"