ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – National Coming Out Day is Tuesday and two local Planned Parenthoods will offer healthcare services to the transgender community.
CEO of the Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood (UHPP) Chelly Hegan says the transgender community is often left behind. She wants to change that by offering crucial services starting on Tuesday.
“This is a community that is treated very poorly in most aspects of their lives and we want to make sure that that isn’t the experience they have receiving health care,” Hegan said.
Hegan says she’s fighting back against health care discrimination involving the transgender community. People over 18 will be able to receive a written prescription for Hormone therapy. For those under 18, puberty suppression treatment will be an option.
“That does require permission from parents because they’re under 18,” Hegan said. “It also does require some sign off for psychological counseling because it’s a pretty big step.”
According to a New York State National Transgender Discrimination Survey, 36 percent of those who are transgender said they attempted suicide , that’s 22 times higher than the 1.6 percent rate of the general population. An alarming statistic Hegan hopes the new services will change.
“If you spent your life inside a body that wasn’t yours, and now you had the opportunity to feel like you presented yourself to the world as you see yourself, I think that’s a really life-changing opportunity for people,” Hegan said.
Learn more about the services being offered and to find out how you can make an appointment. You can also make an appointment by calling 1-800-230-PLAN (7526).