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Melissa Alexander has served on the TransOhio Board since 2009. She has been involved in the planning and/or speaking at every Symposium since it began in 2008. Her primary focus, before assuming the Co-Chair position, has been on development and planning of the annual symposium, speaking and presenting workshops for various groups and agencies and with the development of the organization’s non-profit status and the 501(c) (3) status. Ms. Alexander is employed as an Instructor teaching business law and employment law, ethics and professional development courses. Prior to her work as an Instructor, she was the owner and operator of small business where she worked as a meeting planner and she received her CMP designation in 2008 from the Convention Industry Council. Melissa also was a partner in a law firm where she practiced law for over twenty years with particular focus on employment law . She has a B.A degree cum laude in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy from Northern Kentucky University, a degree in Theology from the University of the South and her law degree from West Virginia University. Melissa is married to her partner Paula.
Presentation: Medical Needs and Issues of the Transgender and gender Variant Community
Time: Breakout Session 1
This workshop will examine the statistics and stories of individuals who identify as transgender or gender variant who have been denied health care because of such status as well as individuals who identify as transgender or gender variant who are reluctant to seek medical care for fear of being treated improperly by health care officials or in a discriminatory manner. The workshop will also discuss the legal issues regarding refusal to treat and the substantial need for cultural training regarding treatment of transgender and gender non-conforming community by health care professionals.
1. Demonstrate the need for greater cultural competency of providers involved in care of transgender and gender variant individuals
2. Explain the issues facing the transgender and gender variant community regarding denial of healthcare and self denial of treatment based on lack of cultural competency of providers
3. Offer solutions to the lack of cultural competency and understanding of healthcare professionals in the care and treatment of transgender and gender fluid individuals.