I’m fortunate to have received good care and my bad experiences hardly reach the extremes that others have gone through. However, I think it’s important to note that my experiences have taken place in an area that’s generally considered safe and affirming for (white, cis-conforming) trans people: Seattle, Washington. I overheard my doctor (who I’ve seen for primary care and gynecological care over the last 5 years), who has only known me post-testosterone, speaking to a nurse about me and consistently using she/her pronouns. I’ve had this doctor and my endocrinologist confuses which “kind” of trans person I am, to the point that I had to correct them that I am a transgender man and my questions about hormone levels are in regard to raising my testosterone, not my estrogen.
By P. Volkushka