Trans Resilience Report – Stories of Hope, Pain, and Survival from the Trans Movement During the COVID-19 Pandemic
On the 11th of March 2020 the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic. We knew that this would have wide ranging impacts on the lives of people in the trans and gender diverse community and the critical work they do across Asia and the Pacific region. The COVID-19 pandemic has starkly revealed the vast social, economic and health disparities experienced by trans and gender diverse communities even further. Trans people often delay or avoid seeking healthcare due to negative experiences of stigma and discrimination from health care providers. When they do seek healthcare, they report experiences of disrespect, lack of privacy and confidentiality and in many cases outright refusal of care. Additionally, trans people are experiencing increased difficulties getting access to hormones and gender-affirmative health care. The trauma for many trans people associated with the increasing difficulties of accessing gender-affirmative health care such as hormones and experiencing the physical side effects of stopping their medical transition is having an overwhelmingly negative effect on their mental health. Due to the high rates of HIV and other underlying chronic health conditions in our community, trans people are vulnerable to exposure and risk of COVID-19 infection.