The federal government’s decision June 12 to reverse civil rights protections for transgender, gender-nonconforming, gender nonbinary and gender diverse people is antithetical to OHSU’s values. By defining the word ‘sex’ as being biologically determined as male or female, transgender patients will once again be exposed to discrimination by health care providers, hospitals and health insurance companies. This decision is a painful step backward.
OHSU remains steadfast in our support of transgender and gender-expansive communities and maintains our Transgender Affirming Healthcare Policy, which recognizes transgender individuals and commits to treating those patients with respect, courtesy, consideration and professionalism at all times.
We know that high-quality health care in affirming, welcoming environments can be lifesaving. OHSU will not tolerate discrimination of any kind in our health, education or research missions and will continue to protect and support our transgender communities.
Danny Jacobs, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, OHSU President