An open letter to the leaders of the transgender community
A transgender health care coordinator at an allied health care organization is raising questions about the treatment of transgender people, saying she’s seen discrimination and bullying, as well as some cases of physical and sexual assault.
Liz Albrecht is executive director of the nonprofit Allied Health Care of Southern California.
She’s been a member of the organization for six years and has worked closely with the LGBT community in the past.
Albrecht said the association’s policy prohibits transgender people from participating in medical care.
She said she has seen discrimination against transgender people by other health care providers, including those who are themselves transgender.
Albertsons Medical Center, for example, has a policy that excludes transgender people on its waiting list from treatment, and she said the policy also prevents transgender people with mental health issues from being treated at other health centers.
Albretson said she’s spoken to a transgender person who was denied a job because she’s transgender.
“They’re denied employment because they have a transgender diagnosis, or because they’ve been in the hospital for a long time, or they’re not meeting a particular medical criteria,” Albrethson said.
The health care association declined to comment.
The transgender health coordinator said she had witnessed some discrimination, including from other transgender people who are not health care professionals.
She described one incident where she was walking through a parking lot, and a man in a truck pulled out a gun and threatened to kill her.
“He told me to get down and the next thing I know he was grabbing my hair and pulling me into the car and he drove me back to my apartment,” Albertson told ABC News.
“That happened in the parking lot.”
In an interview with The Associated Press, Albrethtson also said she was assaulted and sexually assaulted by another transgender woman at the association.
“She said that they had just started to use the women’s restroom, and they started pushing her, and then they were saying, ‘Don’t get down, don’t get up, get up,'” Albrett said.
“I felt so violated and angry.
And then, at the end of the day, I just didn’t know what else to do.
I just felt really helpless and helpless.”
Albrethos letter to Allied Health says she has witnessed discrimination and harassment, including physical and emotional abuse.
She says she feels like a target, particularly given her transgender status, because of her race and the fact that she has had physical and/or sexual abuse.
Albeltson says she’s also been told that transgender people are dangerous, and said she can’t speak to the safety and security of the women in her care.
She also wrote that she feels marginalized and unsafe in her own workplace because she is transgender and that other women have told her they fear retaliation for speaking up.
“The whole time I was at the hospital I was told to take off my dress and I was asked to put on a suit, and I felt so intimidated,” Albeltsons letter reads.
“There’s no safety or security to transgender people in this industry, no protection.
I don’t feel safe in this position.”
In a statement, Allied Health said:We have a policy against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
We are committed to providing an environment free of discrimination based upon any reason.
In response to this complaint, we have removed the policy from the alliance’s website.