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Transgender Medicine Focus of New Publication

The November issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics is devoted to transgender health and medicine. Contributors include Elizabeth Dietz, a project manager and research assistant at The Hastings Center, who is co-author of “How Should Physicians Refer When Referral Options Are Limited for Transgender Patients,” which considers the case of a transgender woman whose care is affected by insensitive treatment by her physician.

In addition, Tia Powell, a Hastings Center Fellow, is co-author of “Transgender Rights as Human Rights,” which explains why support for transgender rights is stronger when grounded in human rights than based on “born that way” arguments. Powell was co-editor of “LGBT Bioethics: Visibility, Disparities, and Dialogue,” a Hastings Center Report special report that called upon the bioethics field to help right the wrongs in the ways that law, medicine, and society have treated LGBT people. Jamie Lindemann Nelson, also a Hastings Center Fellow, examines transgender and medically assisted gender transition from a feminist perspective.

The issue was edited by Cameron Waldman, a former research assistant at The Hastings Center who is a second-year medical student at Albany Medical College.