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Cecilia Chung, transgender health advocate

The San Francisco Chronicle
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January 14, 2013

Transgender patients seeking medical care face discrimination even in liberal, cutting-edge San Francisco. But this being liberal, cutting-edge San Francisco, they also have a champion: Cecilia Chung, a transgender woman serving on the Health Commission. Appointed to the commission overseeing the Department of Public Health by Mayor Ed Lee in April, Chung made news by pushing the department to pay for gender reassignment surgeries for uninsured transgender patients - making San Francisco the first city in the country to do so. Now, she's developed and is leading sessions for staff members throughout the department called Transgender 101, designed to help everybody - from doctors to nurses to receptionists to janitors - create a respectful atmosphere for transgender patients, increase sensitivity, and understand policies and laws related to medical care for transgender patients.