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• Ask what preferred name and pronoun the patient uses, and consistently use that pronoun;
• Do not assume sexual orientation or gender identity;
• Mirror the language the patients use for themselves, their partners, and their bodies;
• Modify medical forms to incorporate the range of gender, gender identity, and sexual orientation. Ask those questions only when necessary;
• Do not reveal a member’s gender identity or sexual orientation without permission;
• Provide referrals to healthcare professionals and facilities that provide transgender-sensitive care and expertise;
• Do not ask unnecessarily invasive questions. Make sure questions are related to the patient’s healthcare;
• Educate yourself and other healthcare providers on current transgender health protocols and standards of care;
• Inquire about what transition, gender-affirming surgery, and/or hormone treatment means to the patient;
• Encourage pursuit of regular preventive care visits;
• Monitor and make appropriate referrals for behavioral health issues.
Financial Disclosure: Author Melinda Young, Author Jeanie Davis, Editor Jill Drachenberg, Editor Jonathan Springston, Editorial Group Manager Leslie Coplin, and Nurse Planner Toni Cesta, PhD, RN, FAAN, report no consultant, stockholder, speaker’s bureau, research, or other financial relationships with companies having ties to this field of study.