Title of Presentation

The Erasure of Intersex, Transgender, Nonbinary, and Agender Experiences by Misusing Sex and Gender in Health Research

Presenter Biography

Tess Morrison is a third year MD/MPH student at OHSU planning on applying to internal medicine in the fall with plans to complete a fellowship in rheumatology. She is a researcher with a background in epidemiology and medical anthropology and studies experiences of patients marginalized by medicine, including trans and nonbinary patients, fat patients, and patients living with contested illnesses like Lyme disease.

Institution

OHSU

Program/Major

MD/MPH

Degree

MD/MPH

Presentation Type

Presentation

Start Date

8-4-2021 11:50 AM

End Date

8-4-2021 12:01 PM

Keywords

sex, gender, transgender, nonbinary, intersex, agender

Abstract

Sex and gender conflation continues to perpetuate the invisibility of sex and gender minorities and obscure information about the ways that biological sex and gender affect health. The misuse of sex and gender terms and the sex and gender binaries, can yield inaccurate results, but more importantly, contributes to the erasure of intersex, transgender, nonbinary, and agender health experiences. This article discusses ways in which public health researchers can use sex and gender terms correctly, and center the health experiences of intersex, transgender, nonbinary, and agender individuals. This includes promoting sensitivity in approaching minority communities, improving survey questions, and collaborating with sex and gender minority communities to improve research quality and participant experiences. Improving our standards for the quality of sex and gender term usage and centering sex and gender minorities in public health research are imperative to addressing the health inequalities faced by sex and gender minorities.

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The Erasure of Intersex, Transgender, Nonbinary, and Agender Experiences by Misusing Sex and Gender in Health Research

Sex and gender conflation continues to perpetuate the invisibility of sex and gender minorities and obscure information about the ways that biological sex and gender affect health. The misuse of sex and gender terms and the sex and gender binaries, can yield inaccurate results, but more importantly, contributes to the erasure of intersex, transgender, nonbinary, and agender health experiences. This article discusses ways in which public health researchers can use sex and gender terms correctly, and center the health experiences of intersex, transgender, nonbinary, and agender individuals. This includes promoting sensitivity in approaching minority communities, improving survey questions, and collaborating with sex and gender minority communities to improve research quality and participant experiences. Improving our standards for the quality of sex and gender term usage and centering sex and gender minorities in public health research are imperative to addressing the health inequalities faced by sex and gender minorities.