Post submitted by Eric Cameron, HRC Digital Media Specialist

In the last video from our four-part series on transgender heath and well-being, experts debunk the myth that transition-related care is somehow cosmetic, experimental, or performed for the convenience of the patient.

As Shane Snowdon, Director of HRC Foundation’s Health & Aging Program, puts it, “The fact of the matter is, no one is having transition medical care unless that care is medically necessary.”

Watch the video, produced in partnership with Pride at Work, below:

In accordance with the World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s (WPATH) Standards of Care, transition-related care provided by health professionals should be considered medically necessary, reconstructive and not cosmetic.

Decades of experience with the WPATH Standards of Care show that gender transitions and related care are accepted, good medical practice and effective treatment. Other leading health experts -- including the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association and the National Association of Social Workers -- all agree that this care is medically necessary and should be covered by insurers.

Read the WPATH Standards of Care here.

HRC Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) is a unique and invaluable resource for healthcare organizations seeking to provide equitable, inclusive care to LGBT Americans. Learn more at

This video is the last in a four-part series titled, "Debunking the Myths: Transgender Health & Well-Being." Watch our previous videos about the various ways transgender people transition, the cost of providing trans-inclusive health benefits, and how we can best support transgender and gender-expansive youth.

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