At the Mount Sinai Health System, we are dedicated to meeting the health care needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. We offer medical and educational services, take an active role in promoting LGBT health equity and access to care, and partner with organizations committed to addressing the needs of the LGBT community.
In honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20th, the faculty and staff of the Institute for Advanced Medicine, the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery and the Crime Victims Treatment Center extends its unequivocal support to all members of the transgender community. The day honors the memory of those murdered because of anti-transgender prejudice and serves to highlight the pervasive and persistent problem of violence committed against transgender people, as well as the diversity and resilience of the community in the face of harassment and violence.
This ongoing epidemic of violence committed against transgender and gender non-conforming people continues to climb and claim the lives of too many each year in the United States and across the globe. The 2014 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and HIV-affected Hate Violence Report from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects shows that, of the victims murdered, 80% were people of color, 55% were transgender women, and 50% were transgender women of color. Transgender women were also more likely to experience police violence, physical violence, discrimination, harassment, sexual violence, threats, and intimidation compared to those who were cisgender women. Many more incidences of murder and violence against transgender people go unreported, sometimes due to misgendering of the victim.
We at Mount Sinai have created the Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery to provide care and treatment services for this community. We also have extensive counseling and mental health services available through our MSHS Crime Victims Treatment Center. To access these transgender confirming resources visit our websites at:
Remember no one is alone in this…..resources are available to help!