Healthcare for LGBT Patients in South Africa

In our third year, a friend of mine had an upsetting first shift in Trauma Surgery: the first suturing she ever did was on a young woman who had just survived corrective rape. Rape is common in our country in general, and so is the “corrective” rape of gender non-conforming women.

A year later, we saw a transwoman being place in a single room, because the hospital had no policy for what to do with her. She did not want to be in a male ward, but strong leadership was lacking and so a patient with no infectious risk was placed in a single room. It did not sit well with us, but we were fourth years. We did not know what we could do.

Tonight I attended a fantastic talk by Dr Alexandra Muller from the University of Cape Town on providing healthcare for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender patients: why we should care and what we can do better.

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Photo Friday: Vibrance

Calliope at Creating Motherhood posted a theme for this week’s “Photo Friday”. I don’t consider myself a photographer and my camera is a very basic one, but I have been thinking how it is important not to restrict my life to my course. So here goes this week’s theme: Vibrance.

Last year I went abroad for the first time – a superb opportunity.

In New York City I attended NYC Pride 2010, probably the most vibrant event I have ever attended:

The diversity and spirit at this event was astounding and quite apt in light of recent events in New York State.

© M. Puchert 2010

This was my favourite float at the parade.

© M. Puchert 2010

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