“Covid couldn’t get us down”: pandemic impact on effective access to transgender hormone therapy in Cordoba, Argentina
Keywords:Transgender, Healthcare access, Gender-affirming medical care, Covid-19 pandemic, Hormone transition therapy
The purpose of this research was to study the impact of covid-19 pandemic on transgender people’s access to healthcare and hormone gender-affirming treatments in public healthcare services of the province of Córdoba, Argentina. Between June/July-2020, sixteen telephone interviews were conducted with people in gender-affirming hormone treatments in public healthcare services, professionals, members of social organizations and management. A thematic analysis was carried out, identifiying three themes and sub-themes: 1) Being adrift in relation to hormonal treatment: Restructuring of healthcare services; Feelings of uncertainty. 2) I need it, the body asks for it: supply of hormones: Meanings around treatment; Strategies and resistance. 3) Opportunity to make visible structural failures: hormones as the tip of the iceberg: Deficit in public policies: in a pandemic for many years; Exclusions from the CISHealthcare System. We conclude that the pandemic implied a serious setback for transgender people’s rights. However, strategies were identified, mainly linked to transgender organizations and activists, which were key to access.
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