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Transgender people: GSE is looking for your healthcare stories

Are you transgender?

Garden State Equality, as it continues efforts to help LGBT people find the best available healthcare in New Jersey, wants to know if you’ve been denied insurance coverage for any treatment – transition-related or otherwise.

You probably know that GSE’s director is a transgender woman; Andy Bowen. Here’s what she has to say:

Did you know that in New Jersey, most health insurance policies specifically deny transgender people coverage for any transition-related health care, like hormones and different surgeries?

And why is it important for health insurance to cover transition-related care? I’ll tell you about myself. Before I went on hormones, before I lived as a woman, I felt like I was disintegrating. I felt like my soul was shriveling: I had this intense knowledge that I was a woman, and every moment that I couldn’t express that was a moment that I felt my personality melt a little bit. And then I started taking hormones. And then I started looking more and more like a woman. And then I changed my identity documents to read “Andrea Bowen,” with a nice little “F” written under the label “sex.”

That was awesome. That made me feel whole.

GSE is looking to know what happens when you go for medical services, so they can tell lawmakers, and get people’s needs met. Reach Andy here: Bowen@GardenStateEquality.org. We’re interested if people have had trouble with this too. If you’re interested in telling your story to Blue Jersey, under your name or anonymously, let us know: Contact@BlueJersey.com.