6 Tips for Trans-Inclusive Care



  • Stay up-to-date with ongoing trans-related legislation, and become engaged in your hospital or facility's trans-related policies. Advocate for inclusivity (often meaning gender-neutrality) and mindful protocols when you can.

  • Ask what gender pronouns your patient uses, and be sure to note and use their correct pronouns (even if it doesn't "align" with their chart).

    • Also, share your pronouns! Normalizing t​he practice of asking and affirming pronouns is important not just if your patient is trans, but also to inform and respect non-trans patients. 

  • If relevant to your work -- and only if relevant to your work -- ask what terminology your patient prefers to use when talking about gendered parts of their body, and default to gender-neutral terms if you're unsure (ex. chest vs. breasts; genitals vs. penis/vagina; monthly cycle vs period/menstruation; etc).


  • Be a model ally and advocate for your colleagues, patients, and the families of your patients. Some tips here.

    • Being an impactful ally can be as simple as using your patient's correct pronouns and respectfully correcting your colleagues if they misspeak.

Below is "The Genderbread Person" and some of the many spectrums that all of us humans find ourselves on -- gender identity (in your brain), gender expression (how you present yourself), biological sex (what's between your legs), and sexual orientation (in your heart, who you find cute and might like to cuddle). 

From itspronouncedmetrosexual.com, originally by Bruce Lawson. 

I have Osteogenesis Imperfecta  (OI) Type I, which is a genetic condition that makes my bones weak and messes with my collagen. I've broken over 50 bones, and have some OI and non-OI-related medical challenges too, so I've had my fare share of hospital and doctor experiences.
And I'm trans! I was assigned female at brith (people called me "she"), but now I identify as a transmasculine genderqueer person who uses they/them and he/him pronouns. ​If they/them/theirs pronouns are new to you, check this out. And "Your Questions About Gender-Neutral Pronouns Answered".
Please email harlowfiga@gmail.com with any questions and/or additions, or to inquire about booking me to speak at your school or facility. 

Harlow's background/collection of these tips: