For transgender people around the world, proper access to healthcare is one of the most crippling issues facing the community around the world. Now, singer, songwriter and activist Ryan Cassata is sharing his personal experience with being denied necessary treatment.
In a thread of posts to his Twitter account on Monday (Nov. 9), Cassata said that he was recently denied medical care in Los Angeles due to the fact that he is transgender. “Today I was refused medical care because I am trans,” he wrote in his initial post. “I’m not sharing this for sympathies. I am sharing this to spread awareness, because it’s 2020 & the reality is that trans people are still being dismissed & discriminated against even in blue & major cities like L.A. (where I live).”
The singer explained in his subsequent posts that he called ahead to the offices of an OB/GYN in L.A. explaining that “I’ve been sick for over a month,” and asking whether or not the practice treated transgender patients. According to Cassata, “they said ‘yes we are very trans friendly, we’ve gotten rave reviews.’” However, he then says that he was later denied treatment.
Cassata went on to explain that what happened to him is unfortunately common for trans people across the United States, and that he decided to share his story to make sure his fans were aware of that fact. “This is what it’s like to be trans in America and I want you to know so that you will speak up, stand up, and fight for us. We are human too,” he wrote.
The singer also asked his fans to donate to the Transgender Law Center, a legal advocacy group focused on changing “law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression,” according to their website.
However, on Tuesday (Nov. 10), Cassata shared a hopeful update to his story, revealing that after a call with UCLA’s medical department, he has been scheduled an appointment with a trans-friendly doctor. “I want to thank @UCLA med for restoring my faith in drs 2day,” he wrote. “I had an affirming convo w them on the phone about all this that went on yesterday and will be seeing an actual trans friendly Dr!!! I could tell when speaking on the phone that they are educated on trans folks.”
Check out Cassata’s tweets below: