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Skepticism understandable

Yesterday Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin was out and about and was asked about Trump's transgender tweet (can't call it a ban in its present state). He claimed that the VA has compassion for transgender veterans.

If anyone -- transgender people included -- serves in the military, they will get medical and other care for life.

--Shulkin

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AMA moves to better serve transgender patients

The American Medical Association on Monday announced a new set of policies to better "inform and educate the medical community and the public on the medical spectrum of gender identity."

The authors of the adopted resolution wrote that gender is “incompletely understood as a binary selection” because gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, and genotypic and phenotypic sex are not always aligned.

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New research

New research has been performed at the Boston Medical Center which reveals that most trans patients do not elect to undergo gender affirming surgeries.

The study followed 99 transgender patients who were undergoing hormone therapy at BMC, the majority of whom were transgender women.

Data was collected from years prior to 2015, before Massachusetts required all insurers to cover medically necessary care related to gender transition, like gender affirming surgeries.

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Trans veterans reap positive benefits from our service

Transgender people make up a small percentage of active-duty U.S. military personnel, but their experience in the service may yield long-term, positive effects on their mental health and quality of life.

A study from the University of Washington finds that among transgender older adults, those who had served in the military reported fewer symptoms of depression and greater mental health-related quality of life. The findings were published in a February special supplement of The Gerontologist.

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