November is almost here, and with it comes the annual Transgender Awareness Month. This month honors our vibrant transgender and gender diverse community, celebrates the progress made for transgender rights, and shines a light on the discrimination and violence still faced by transgender people. Across the country, health care services for the trans community have improved greatly in recent years, but there is still much to be done.
Here Fenway Health, we’re proud to provide comprehensive and affirming care for people of all gender identities and expressions. Each year, we see over 5,100 transgender and gender diverse patients. But even here, there was a time when providers were unequipped – or even unwilling – to care for this community. Over 15 years ago, a small group of dedicated people changed that. Let’s learn how.
In the latest episode of Fenway Health’s Pride in Our Health podcast, we chat with Dr. Ruben Hopwood. Dr. Hopwood has worked in mental health and social services across several states since 1978. He has worked with trans and gender diverse people in the Boston area since 2005 and was manager of the Fenway Health Trans Health Program from 2006-2019.
Listen to the episode here or subscribe to Pride in Our Health on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, or Spotify.