Talking gender: gendered language experiences of trans* individuals with medical providers
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Gendered language can impact the way in which trans* individuals in the United States experience the healthcare they receive. This thesis highlights the experiences of trans* individuals with the gendered language used by their medical providers. A total of twenty individual interviews were conducted with trans* identified individuals. A thematic analysis was used to analyze participants' responses. Three primary themes emerged through the research: 1) the impact of medical forms in shaping the interactions with medical providers for trans* individuals, 2) the importance of Whole Person, Well Being care, and 3) the role of Misogyny and Privilege in shaping the experiences of trans* individuals. Recommendations for medical providers were created based on participants' responses. The concluding recommendations were direct communication, expanding forms, and creating healthcare focused on right care over right speech.