Sally Ryman

Transgender and gender diverse individuals experience multiple disparities in health outcomes and access to care. Transfolk, especially transwomen of color, experience higher rates of poverty, homelessness, and unemployment than cisgender people. In accessing health care, they are more likely to be uninsured or underinsured and have difficulty finding competent, affordable, trans-affirming medical and mental health services. How do we improve systems impacting the health of transfolk? Sally is researching the experiences of both trans individuals and health care providers, as well as looking at how transphobia renders transfolk invisible and allows their needs to go unaddressed. Working from an intersectional framework, they see addressing the needs of transfolk as a way to address equity for other marginalized groups as well.

Sally is a queer, genderqueer social worker interested in mixed-methods research on issues impacting sexual and gender minorities. While appreciating working directly with individuals, Sally is most interested in effecting change at a systems level by targeting policies and beliefs that marginalize groups based on race, class, gender, and sexuality.


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