We offer this report as a tool for personal, political, and institutional change. We envision a world where the lives and well-being of Transmasculine people are seen and valued, and where all people have access to safe and meaningful health care.
In the report
Transmasculine Health Justice: Los Angeles (TMHJ:LA) calls attention to serious health inequities impacting Transmasculine people* on Tongva Land (Los Angeles). This report was assembled as part of a research and organizing initiative led by Gender Justice Los Angeles and based on the principles of research justice, healing justice, and collective care. We analyzed findings from the community-generated Transmasculine Sexual Health & Reproductive Justice Survey that engaged 310 participants in Los Angeles County in 2017. This survey remains the single largest effort to understand and respond to inequities facing Transmasculine people in Los Angeles to date.
The health inequities facing Transmasculine people are preventable. Existing inequities are the result of deliberate power structures that impose a gender binary, restrict bodily autonomy, and create dangerous conditions in health care. TMHJ:LA calls for action towards health justice through: community building, cultural organizing, education, policy change, and community-led research. Our report centers Transmasculine Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) who experience health inequities at the intersections of transphobia, anti-black racism, colonization, and xenophobia. We imagine and work for a future where all Transgender, Gender non-conforming, and Intersex (TGI) people can age, heal, evolve, thrive and create families and kinship with dignity.
Values and methods
Trans people have a long history of organizing our own health information and care practices. Participatory action research is one of many political tools that can be used to resist our erasure in health fields and to advocate for access, autonomy, protection, and dignity in care. We see our work as part of a broader social movement for research justice, health justice, and collective care.
This report has been shaped and made possible by dozens of community organizers, researchers, advocates, artists, and health care workers. Our shared interests are in supporting our own and each other’s well-being, ancestral wisdom, universal health care and medical autonomy for all, sexual and reproductive freedoms, racial and economic justice.
Data findings and visuals
Take action & stay connected
This report highlights some of the serious health and health care inequities facing Transmasculine people. As we work to envision and create the futures we want, we lift up some of the many ways Transmasculine people and our allies can and do take action now to reduce harms and build communities of care.
* For the purposes of this project, the term Transmasculine is used to refer broadly people who are men, transgender, nonbinary, or otherwise gender non-conforming, and/or two-spirit people who were designated female at birth.
We honor the legacy of our transcestors and especially the Black and Indigenous people before us. We honor our ways of knowing – past and present– as we fight for a future where all trans, nonbinary, and intersex people are recognized as worthy of love, protection, safety and belonging.
Recommended citation: Perez, E.A., Jordan, S.P., Plascencia, H.T., Binarao Salagan, J.W., Brown, C., Fields, J.J., Fuller, L.A., Olaes Miramontes, G.R., Posadas, L., & Rojas, L. (2021) Transmasculine Health Justice: Los Angeles, Gender Justice Los Angeles. http://www.tmhealthstudyla.org/2021-report.