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Healthcare practitioners slowly becoming more sensitive to transgender patients

Healthcare practitioners slowly becoming more sensitive to transgender patients

Alexander Gallagher's new eye doctor didn't know the 15-year-old was transgender until he saw that the youth was taking testosterone.

As Alexander tells it, the doctor didn't seem to quite know what to say.

"He told me he was so proud of me," Alexander said, and laughed. "I don't want you to be proud of me. I need you to fix my eyes."

For transgender people such as Alexander, who was born a girl but is living as a boy, navigating the health care system can be complicated.

Many grapple with how to tell a doctor that they are not living the gender they were born with, and worry about the reaction they might get. Some avoid getting checkups out...

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