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Inland Empire transgender residents are insured but have trouble finding care, report finds

The gender-neutral door to the bathroom at the endocrinology wing at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles is seen in this file photo. More than 93 percent of those surveyed in a new report on health care for transgender people in the Inland Empire have some form of health insurance, but many say it's not easy to find a provider who has experience with transgender patients.
The gender-neutral door to the bathroom at the endocrinology wing at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles is seen in this file photo. More than 93 percent of those surveyed in a new report on health care for transgender people in the Inland Empire have some form of health insurance, but many say it's not easy to find a provider who has experience with transgender patients.
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A new report is shedding light on the health care barriers faced by an estimated 27,000 transgender people living in the Inland Empire.

The Riverside University Health System compiled the results from 90 responses to a survey covering a broad range of issues, including identity, housing, transportation, discrimination and bias, physical and emotional health, health care access, drug use, education, the justice system, intimate partner violence, available services and social support. 

More than 93 percent of those surveyed had some form of health insurance, but they weren't always able to find a provider who had experience with transgender patients, according to the report.

"I hope that it tells the transgender community that we are concerned about their health and wellness issues," said Aaron Gardner, the lead author of the report.

Of those surveyed, three quarters indicated they had seriously considered committing suicide and two thirds reported suffering from depression and anxiety.

Gardner told KPCC this is the first step in a series of efforts to improve understanding of the transgender community in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

Other key findings include:

You can read the full report below: