Addressing Needs of Transgender Patients: The Role of Family Physicians

Asa E. Radix, MD, PhD, MPH


J Am Board Fam Med. 2020;33(2):314-321. 

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The terminology used to describe and define transgender people is constantly evolving, reflecting social and cultural trends and a clearer understanding of the diversity of gender identity and expression within the transgender community.[6] Transgender women and transfeminine individuals include those who were assigned male at birth and who identify as women, transgender women, or as being on the feminine spectrum. Transgender men and transmasculine individuals include those who were assigned female at birth and identify as men, transgender men, or on the masculine spectrum. Approximately one third of transgender individuals identify as neither male or female, as both genders, or another gender; and use terms such as nonbinary, gender nonconforming, gender diverse, agender, or genderqueer.[7,8]