The term “transgender” is often used in the context of the idea that a person’s gender identity or expression is different from their biological sex, which in some cases may include biological sex reassignment surgery or a sex change.
It has also been used to refer to the person’s desire to live as a woman or a man.
A transgender person is one who identifies as the opposite sex but identifies as female or male.
Gender identity and expression, on the other hand, are not defined by biological sex but are instead socially constructed by society.
In some instances, transgender people who do not identify as women or men may not feel they have to hide their gender identity and gender expression, and may have gender-appropriate clothing and hairstyles.
According to the National Center for Transgender Equality, there are now about 7,000 transgender people in the United States.
There is no data on how many of them identify as transgender.
In 2014, the US Department of Health and Human Services, the agency that administers the US health care system, released guidance that said transgender individuals are not health care needs or coverage issues.
“There are not a lot of options for health care providers to treat these individuals,” said Jeni Alexander, an attorney and policy adviser for the Transgender Law Center.
“The only option that providers have is to say, ‘Hey, you’re trans and you’re really good at using a bathroom.'”
Alexander also pointed out that while healthcare providers are legally obligated to provide health care to transgender people, they are not legally obligated not to discriminate against them.
“When a provider does not treat a transgender person, they’re actually creating a health care provider liability problem,” she said.
Alexander and others also argue that healthcare providers should not discriminate against transgender people by not offering health insurance coverage for gender-confirming surgeries or gender-affirming medical treatments.
“We have a system that doesn’t address the reality of what gender identity is,” Alexander said.
“They have to go to a doctor or a therapist and ask them what they think they should do, and the therapist has to be able to say yes.”
A 2015 study by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLSF) found that about one in five transgender people do not have insurance coverage because of their gender dysphoria.
And the cost of medical care can be prohibitive for transgender people and their families, according to the GLSEN Transgender Health and Justice Report.
According for a study published in 2017 by the Gravis Institute, transgender Americans spend an average of $2,917 on medical costs for their gender-related healthcare, and those who are unemployed spend an additional $1,845.
Another study by GLAAD found that while transgender people have lower rates of suicide than the general population, those who identify as trans are twice as likely to attempt suicide.
Transgender people in particular face an increased risk of contracting HIV/AIDS and depression and being more likely to experience homelessness, according the report.
In addition, they may have to deal with a variety of discrimination and violence.
According the GSAAD (Gender Assigned at Birth) Act of 2015, the American Psychiatric Association’s diagnostic criteria for gender identity are updated to more closely align with gender expression and gender identity.
The DSM-5 also added the term “gender identity disorder” to the list of conditions that can be diagnosed with gender dysphoric disorder.
“Transgender individuals are often victims of discrimination, violence and abuse, which can be particularly severe when they are vulnerable to social and economic disadvantage, especially when they come from marginalized groups, such as Black or Latino communities,” the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said in a 2016 report.
“As a result, transgender individuals often have difficulty making medical decisions about their health care and accessing the healthcare they need.”
A survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2017 found that nearly half of transgender people were homeless.
Another survey conducted in 2015 by the New York State Department of Community Health found that transgender women were more likely than other women to report having attempted suicide and were more than twice as often than other transgender women to have attempted suicide in their lifetime.
According it, “more than one-third of transgender women in New York City reported that they had attempted suicide at some point in their lives.
Among transgender women, nearly one-quarter had attempted multiple times.”
A study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 2017 suggested that transgender children were at risk of being at greater risk for early gender identity issues, including gender dysphorias.
The CDC reported in 2017 that nearly 60 percent of transgender children in the U.S. were at high risk for gender dysphory disorders and more than 70 percent were likely to be diagnosed by their parents within the next two years.