Healthy Identities: Transgender Health Care Access and Social Disparity

Morty Diamond : Sociology

Mentor: Professor G. Cristina Mora

Morty’s research begins by asking how access to public health care has changed social conditions for the transgender community in SanFrancisco within the last 10 years. He will explore how current medical and mental health access challenges affect the physical, social and mental gender transition of transgender individuals. Beyond the importance of this research study as means of understanding the historical transgender community in San Francisco, the goal of this study is to record cultural and social differences within a nontraditionally gendered minority group. Morty will research policy changes, conduct in-depth interviews and perform an ethnography at a San Francisco transgender health non-profit. Morty hopes to reveal a new paradigm for understanding transgender experiences, one where health care plays a pivotal role in social connections within the community.