Comment – Transgender health: an opportunity for global health equity

The Lancet, June 2016
Published online: 17 June 2016


The Lancet is publishing its first Series on transgender health. Transgender people live in all countries, but their acceptance by communities and freedom to live with their chosen gender identity or expression varies according to culture and society. This Series, led by Sam Winter of Curtin University and Kevin Wylie of the University of Sheffield, is the result of a committed effort by experts and members of the transgender community—some of whom contributed to a piece about community voices for the Series.

The initial peer review meeting held in Beijing, in 2014, engaged members of the regional Asia–Pacific transgender community and international reviewers. When the authors began their work in 2011, they warned The Lancet that transgender health was largely a concern of specialist journals. Yet the challenges that face the transgender community are global, multifactorial, and extend across all medical specialties. These challenges— so eloquently described by Sari Reisner and colleagues in their Series paper as “situated vulnerabilities”—

demand intersectoral responses. Access to general health care is among the least researched fields of transgender health, and reflects inadequate knowledge of transgender health needs by primary health care workers and health professionals in other specialties…


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