Parents who sterilize their kids over gender norms are overwhelmingly white says Dr. Johanna Olson Kennedy
December 19, 2016
“Even in these major metropolitan areas such as Los Angeles, San Fransciso, Boston, Chicago, and to a certain extent New York, where there are trans services available for young people, we are not seeing trans youth of color in the blocker age group. So the younger kids (I’m talking about in the 8 to 14-year-old age range) we are seeing a disproportionate number of caucasian patients coming in, and the huge lack of- certainly not representative at all of the diversity of those cities. And I think it’s not just limited to Black and Latino families that we’re not seeing but it’s also Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American. All kinds of- we’re just not seeing the diversity represented. So for example, in my cohort of young people who are on blockers, which is probably 70 or 75 kids, we have about three African American patients and every single one of them is adopted by white parents.
We have about 14% of our kids that are of Latino origin, they are not adopted so they are coming from their primary families of origin, but that’s still massively un-proportional compared to- disproportionate compared to there being 50% of Los Angeles being Latino in heritage and ethnicity. So something’s happening where we’re not able to reach into communities of color and provide information and accesses to resources for those families.
And let me tell you why I think it’s so critical. It’s not news that people that are at the highest risk for violence and death are trans women of color. And what makes them at risk? What makes them at risk is being identifiably trans. The opportunity to be blocked and not be identifiably trans- it’s a conundrum, right? Because I don’t have a desire to eradicate trans identities? But I do have a desire to keep people safe and protected and if having the gift of selective disclosure does that, then I want to be able to give that gift to people. But we’re not able to do that right now. There are many, many, barriers to access, some of which we understand and some which we have no idea about.”
From here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUIfEc5yBQY