Open Society Foundations
February 22, 2013
Robert has ovarian cancer. He visits 20 doctors, but no one will treat him. One doctor tells him that the women in the waiting room would be too embarrassed to see a man waiting beside them. Tyra lays bleeding on the street after a car accident, semi-conscious and begging for help. The first-responder at the scene is unmoved. He refuses to administer first aid once he discovers she is a trans woman. These stories—and the many others like them—are all too real. Every day, trans people around the world are denied medical care because of who they are.