Heya. Did you see the sun? I did, and the snow banks went and hid their faces in shame. It was a glorious day out there. I hope you got some of it on your face.
Speaking of sun and the upcoming opportunities to replenish your vitamin D stores without the aid of sardines or nutraceutical supplements, I wanted to talk about health, yours and mine and the whole queer community's.
While this blog is a space to chat, rant, and otherwise pour our hearts out about queer rural living, one of the particular threads we'll be following is the state of health care for queers living in rural areas.
There are so many issues we want to tackle in upcoming posts, including but not limited to:
What are issues particular to queer folks accessing care in rural areas?
How do folks find and access queer-friendly providers?
How do providers gain queer competency?
What are ways queer folks can learn to advocate for ourselves and each other?
What are existing successful models of providing access and care to queer individual and communities?
How do queer rural health issues intersect with the issues of other marginalized communities?
Are there other issues you think we should research/discuss/investigate or otherwise weigh in on? Do you know awesome providers or individuals who have relevant stories to tell? Someone we should interview? Please let us know.
To kick off this exploration, we've posted some queer and trans-friendly resources for both healthcare providers as well as those seeking care. Do you know of something that should be on the list? Give us a shout!
NEW ENGLAND INTEGRATIVE & HOLISTIC PRACTITIONERS
Bruin Christopher Runyan, Somatic Coach/Cranial Sacral Therapist
Tiny Pony Apothecary
NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL
Compass New England FtM Resources
Planned Parenthood Burlington LGBTQ services
Community Health Centers of Burlington Transgender Health Clinic
Pride Center of Vermont Trans health resources
Pride Center of Vermont, List of Trans Affirmative Medical Providers
University of Vermont, Burlington Trans Health Access
Vermont Brattleboro Retreat / LGBT program
GLAD New Hampshire
University of New Hampshire Trans Resources
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Transgender Health Clinic
Gannet Health Services at Cornell Univerity: lgbtq health
Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition Health Care resources
UMass Amherst Stonewall Center: health resources
Connecticut Outreach Society Transgender Resource List
Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA)
National Center for Transgender Equality Health & HIV
GLAD Transgender Resources
National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
RECLAIM Mental Health for Queer Youth
Reach Out LGBTQ
Out for Health
HEALING JUSTICE RESOURCES
BadAss Visionary Healers Healing Justice Resources
Just Healing Resource Site
Kindred Southern Healing Justice Collective
Sage Community Health Collective Archive for Healing Justice
LEARNING for PROVIDERS
Lyon Martin Health Services
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
NY Trans Guide for Providers
Samuel Lurie, Transgender Awareness Training and Advocacy
UCSF Center of Excellence for Transgender Health
American Medical Student Association Transgender Health Care
The National LGBT Health Center (Fenway Health)
Are You on the List of LGBT Health Service Providers?
Kinsey Institute Trans 101 For Significant Others, Partners, Friends, Family, and Allies (SOFFAs) of Trans* People
Queer Birthing Relationships and Rural Health Practices
Some Things Are Impossible: How a Rural Queer Lives with Depression (Autostraddle)
Counting Us In: Problems and Opportunities in Health Research on Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Communities (University of Seattle Law School)
Top 10 Things Transgender Persons Should Discuss with their Healthcare Provider (Gay and Lesbian Medical Association)
Healthcare Reform’s Unintended Queer Upside (The Nation)
Vermont Orders Insurance Companies to End Transgender Exclusions (Transgender Law Center)
Finding Insurance for Transgender Related Healthcare (HRC)