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October 3, 2016

For LGBT People, A Routine Doctor Visit Can Be A 'Degrading Experience’

For any parent, teacher, or health-care provider — actually for anyone with a beating heart— the suicide of 14-year-old Kyler Prescott is a wrenching story. In April 2015 the San Diego teenager was depressed from being repeatedly harassed and bullied about his gender identity. His mom, Katherine Prescott, took him to Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego for help with his self-inflicted wounds and suicidal thoughts. Although she introduced Kyler as a transgender boy (both his legal name and official gender had been changed) the hospital staff continued to address him as a girl, adding to Kyler’s distress.

 

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Source: Queer Voices

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