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Last Updated: 19-Jan-2017 18:46
Social media platforms have created powerful opportunities for social support and
political organization for stigmatized groups. As a member of online groups for
transgender people and fat athletes, I noticed that members in each group described
very similar experiences of health care discrimination and quality of care issues. They
talked about being unable to access appropriate care on various levels; about being
harassed and blamed for their health problems; about having their concerns and even
their symptoms ignored, and all health concerns blamed on their trans status or weight.
Members talked about being afraid to even try to access the health care they needed.
Fat members of trans groups who spoke about their experiences with the medical
industry had even worse experiences, some being refused care altogether. These
casual observations led me to wonder how anti-fat and anti-trans biases interact.