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Quick links: barriers to health care access for transgender people

While our main focus is abortion support, the Bay Area Doula Project is dedicated to providing nonjudgmental, compassionate and empowering support to folks across a full spectrum of reproductive experiences, regardless of sexual orientation, race, class, ability, immigration status, religion, gender identity, etc. In the past week two articles discussing issues faced by transgender people in accessing care in the Bay Area and on a national level were published. While the articles are not specifically discussing access to reproductive health care services, the stories contained within are still important to our work. Not only women are seeking abortions, and it is important to understand the intersecting challenges faced by people while seeking the support and care they need.

Healthy transitions, by Yael Chanoff, published by the San Francisco Bay Guardian on 8/14/12

What the Affordable Care Act Means for Transgender People, by Marisa Carrol, published by The Nation on 8/14/12

Additionally, here is a blog post by BADP member Kelly Nichols, published on The Provider Project, about thinking beyond women as the only people seeking abortion and other reproductive health services. 

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