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Subject:Looking for a doctor or therapist that will start me on HRT
Time:11:43 am
I am a male who has always felt female and wants to be female i am looking for a doctor or therapist that will start me on hormones to do so if at all possible in the Columbus area recommendations would be great
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Subject:Kaiser Permanente?
Time:07:10 pm
I am curious to know if anyone here has had health insurance through Kaiser Permanente and has any good/bad opinions on it. My work offers KP and Medical Mutual and I am not sure which is the better choice, but the KP seems pretty nice. I haven't got the nerve up to call the Akron/Canton area offices to see if they cover HRT or anything, but I am more curious to know if they have physicians who have experience working with trans patients since it is an HMO and you have to pick a primary physician . As an overall company KP seems decent with such things but I don't know how it is here in Ohio.

Any input would be greatly appreciated. I will chime back in once I finally call them to ask them directly, just in case it helps anyone else.
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Subject:Trans-friendly physicians Cleveland
Time:05:04 am
For FTMs in the Northeast Ohio area: Have any of you had any luck finding physicians at the Cleveland Clinic who work with transgender patients?

I have been on T for a little over two years, and currently get my T from a doctor 2.5 hrs away, but I'm looking for something closer to home. My options are limited, since I'm uninsured, and Cleveland Clinic would be ideal since I can get financial coverage through their system.
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Subject:TransOhio Launches Statewide Needs Assessment for the Ohio Transgender Community
Time:06:49 pm

TransOhio has launched a first of its kind needs assessment for the Ohio Transgender community. The needs assessment will serve as a snapshot of the Ohio Transgender community, including those individuals who were born in Ohio, but now reside elsewhere.

"It's difficult to provide accurate information to agencies about the Transgender community in Ohio. There's never been a study that has specifically focused on the needs – the climate of Ohio, medical, legal and community needs of Transgender people in the state. Additionally, we have a large group of stealth Transgender individuals who don't publically identify themselvesas being such, or for that matter, seek out services specific to their identity," says Shane Morgan, Founder and Chair of TransOhio. "There are also no statewide protections for employment, public accommodations, housing and credit for Ohioans who are Transgender, Bisexual, Lesbian or Gay. That means a Transgender individual can be denied employment, fired or denied housing just because of their gender identity or their sexual orientation. The risks often outweigh the pros for many, and for some people, remaining in the shadows is the only way to survive."

"In order for TransOhio to serve the needs of the transgender community, as well as those who love and support them, we need to ask what is most important to them. There has never beenan assessment of this kind for the transgender community in Ohio and it will help us to reach out and work harder to serve them in all areas of their lives from health care and employmentto relationships and support. This assessment couldn't come at a better time than now when the LGB and T along with allied communities are coming together to support one another and Iam proud to be in the mix," says Jacob Nash, member of the TransOhio Board of Directors.

TransOhio colleague and ally, Erin Upchurch, who collaborated with TransOhio on the assessment, says "this needs assessment will serve as a powerful tool to give voice to andincrease visibility for a seemingly invisible community; it's about representation. TransOhio has made a commitment to the Partner and Ally community as well, and their inclusion of assessments for those individuals also shows TransOhio's dedication to those who love and support Trans identified people."

The TransOhio Statewide Transgender Needs Assessments will be available online and in print through February 28, 2011 with the option of extending the data collection timeline asnecessary. A Spanish version of the Trans Needs Assessment is available and can be received electronically by sending an email to: TransOhio@transohio.org .

Trans-Identified Needs Assessment
Please complete this needs assessment to help TransOhio take a snapshot of the needs & climate of Ohio for Transgender-identified (includes intersex, gender queer, gender non-comforming, etc.) individuals currently residing in Ohio or born in Ohio. The Trans needs assessment is available online: http://www.surveymonkey.com/toneeds or can be downloaded by clicking: http://www.transohio.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/TransOhio-Trans-NeedsAssessment.pdf

Partner's Needs Assessment
Please complete this needs assessment to help TransOhio take a snapshot of the needs & climate of Ohio partners of Trans-identified individuals currently residing in Ohio or born in Ohio. The partner's needs assessment is available online: http://www.surveymonkey.com/topartners or can be downloaded by clicking: http://www.transohio.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/TransOhio-\Partners-NeedsAssessment.pdf

Ally Needs Assessment
Please complete this needs assessment to help TransOhio take a snapshot of the needs & climate of Ohio allies of Trans-identified individuals currently residing in Ohio or born in Ohio The Ally needs assessment is available online: http://www.surveymonkey.com/toallies or can be downloaded by clicking: http://www.transohio.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/TransOhio-\Allies-NeedsAssessment.pdf
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Subject:The Joint Commission Seeks LGBTQ Healthcare Experiences
Time:04:38 pm
The Joint Commission, which requires hospitals to meet specific criteria in order to receive accreditation, is investigating the healthcare experiences of LGBTQ individuals in order to improve the quality of care we receive. If you have an experience to share or know of someone who might or just think you might know someone for whom this is relevant, please repost or forward this link. Or just give them the email address: lgbt@jointcommission.org

http://lgbttobacco.wordpress.com/2010/10/25/joint-commission-needs-stories-of-bad-lgbtq-healthcare/



x-posted to trans_advice, free_speech_ftm
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Subject:Introduction
Time:12:20 am
Hi! Just found this group today so I decided I'd introduce myself. The name's Tony, and I'm a 27 year old transguy living in Kent, OH with my girlfriend and our pets. I'd love to meet others in the area since I don't know any other transguys.

Nice to meet you all!
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Subject:Please Forward: TransOhio Launches Statewide Needs Assessment for the Ohio Transgender Community
Time:06:22 pm
Dear Allies:

Please forward to interested individuals:

TransOhio Launches Statewide Needs Assessment for the Ohio Transgender Community


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 24, 2010

Contact: TransOhio(614) 441-8167

TransOhio@transohio.org

www.transohio.org


TransOhio Launches Statewide Needs Assessment for the Ohio Transgender Community


Columbus, Ohio – September 24, 2010 – TransOhio has launched a first of its kind needs assessment for the Ohio Transgender community. The needs assessment will serve as a snapshot of the Ohio Transgender community, including those individuals who were born in Ohio, but now reside elsewhere.


“It’s difficult to provide accurate information to agencies about the Transgender community in Ohio. There’s never been a study that has specifically focused on the needs – the climate of Ohio, medical, legal and community needs of Transgender people in the state. Additionally, we have a large group of stealth Transgender individuals who don’t publically identify themselves as being such, or for that matter, seek out services specific to their identity,” says Shane Morgan, Founder and Chair of TransOhio. “There are also no statewide protections for employment, public accommodations, housing and credit for Ohioans who are Transgender, Bisexual, Lesbian or Gay. That means a Transgender individual can be denied employment, fired or denied housing just because of their gender identity or their sexual orientation. The risks often outweigh the pros for many, and for some people, remaining in the shadows is the only way to survive.”


“In order for TransOhio to serve the needs of the transgender community, as well as those who love and support them, we need to ask what is most important to them. There has never been an assessment of this kind for the transgender community in Ohio and it will help us to reach out and work harder to serve them in all areas of their lives from health care and employment to relationships and support. This assessment couldn’t come at a better time than now when the LGB and T along with allied communities are coming together to support one another and I am proud to be in the mix,” says Jacob Nash, member of the TransOhio Board of Directors.


TransOhio colleague and ally, Erin Upchurch, who collaborated with TransOhio on the assessment, says “this needs assessment will serve as a powerful tool to give voice to and increase visibility for a seemingly invisible community; it’s about representation. TransOhio has made a commitment to the Partner and Ally community as well, and their inclusion of assessments for those individuals also shows TransOhio’s dedication to those who love and support Trans identified people.”


There are three assessments available: 1) Transgender Identified Individual, 2) Partner of Transgender Individual and 3) Ally of Transgender Individual.


The TransOhio Statewide Transgender Needs Assessments will be available online and in print through December 31, 2010, with the option of extending the data collection timeline as necessary. TransOhio is currently working with local individuals to translate the assessments into Spanish.


The assessments are available online at TransOhio Needs Assessments. PDF versions for print are also available for download.

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Subject:sex marker in medical situations
Time:07:46 am
Something I've been curious about, but haven't seen addressed specifically, is the issue of having the sex marker in Dr's offices/medical systems still listed as female.

Seeing "sex: F" at the top of forms and on wrist bands triggers intense dysphoria, and I find it's really eating at me lately. Since I have a number of health issues and spend a considerable amount of time in and out of Dr's offices, it currently is the arena where this issue comes up the most.

I am about 4 months on T, no surgeries, and am just on the cusp of starting to pass, but all of my sex markers (driver's license, social security) are still female at this point. (I intend to change my driver's license relatively soon, but I'd like my photo to be more congruent with the marker "male" before I do.) My birth name, which is listed in Dr's office systems, is unisex, but perceived to be male 95+% of the time.

I'm wondering mainly for future reference at what point I can legally change my marker to male in the system and how I would go about doing it. Would I first need to change drivers license or other markers? Since I pay out of pocket for some medical services and am covered under a hospital community discount program for the rest(not in any way connected to Medicaid, Medicare, or any outside program), insurance is not an issue.
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Subject:Trans Friendly Endos or General Practioners in AKRON
Time:02:43 am
Hey everyone,
I am looking for an endo in the AKRON area. I am currently seeing the wonderful, trans-friendly, hormone wizard Dr. Murphy in Cleveland (MetroHealth) but am looking for someone closer to home. The Endocrinology department at Akron General said their doctor "didn't treat that" when I called yesterday so I'm looking for some leads.

I don't have insurance (part of the reason why Dr. M was such a godsend- MetroHealth is good about helping those of us who are without insurance or are under-insured) but the money I save in gas and time off work can help me pay for visits to a new doc. I already have my referral from Dr. Murphy too if I can find someone in this area.

HELP, HELP, HELP! Any fingers pointed in the right direction would be awesome.

Thanks,
Ted
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Subject:therapist Meral Crane in Columbus, OH
Time:11:28 am
cross posted to _ftm_, ftm, and transgender

Have any of you seen Meral Crane in Columbus, OH for counseling? I am going to see her soon with the intent of getting a T letter, but I've heard mixed reviews, so I'd appreciate hearing your experiences, good or bad.
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