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OHSU Transgender Health Program strongly refutes discriminatory statements by national leaders

The OHSU Transgender Health Program, a program of the Partnership Project, stands in solidarity with transgender communities in opposition to any suggestion that gender is an unchangeable binary construct. We will not participate in any attempt to erase identities of transgender and gender diverse people.

We are committed to providing safe, affirming and comprehensive care to transgender and gender nonconforming people free from discrimination and in alignment with the recommendations of a number of professional organizations, including, but not limited to:

  • American Medical Association
  • American Nurses Association
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Psychiatric Association
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • World Professional Association for Transgender Health
  • And many others who recognize gender is expansive beyond a binary and is not determined by one's genitalia and sex assigned at birth.  

We recognize that uncertainty in our political environment and gestures of intolerance can result in a wide range of emotions for patients, the community at large and their allies. We encourage transgender and gender diverse individuals to reach out when experiencing distress. We would like to point out several resources we believe are good sources of support for individuals in crisis. 

OHSU will remain unwavering in our commitment to care and to the health and wellness of transgender and gender diverse individuals. We will continue to be advocates at the system, community, state and federal level for the needs of transgender and gender diverse communities, and we will not let decisions at the national level deter us from this important work. 

Amy Penkin, M.S.W., L.C.S.W., supervisor of the OHSU Transgender Health Program, on behalf all OHSU Transgender Health Program faculty and staff.

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