Jenner Interview Raises Awareness of Transgender Health Treatments, Challenges

April 25, 2015

Contact: Aaron Lohr
Chief Communications Officer
Phone: 202.971.3654
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Contact: Jenni Glenn Gingery
Associate Director, Communications and Media Relations
Phone: 202.971.3655
jgingery@endocrine.org

Washington, DC - Bruce Jenner came out as transgender during an interview with Diane Sawyer Friday. The “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star and 1976 Olympic gold medalist’s announcement put the spotlight on the health needs of transgender people.

Transgender people often undergo hormone therapy under the care of endocrinologists, specially trained physicians who handle health issues related to hormones and glands. In 2009, the Endocrine Society published a Clinical Practice Guideline to provide clinicians with evidence-based recommendations for treating people with gender dysphoria using hormone therapy.The chairman of the Endocrine Society’s Transgender Task Force, Wylie C. Hembree, MD, is an expert on transgender health. He is available to speak to members of the media about the latest science on hormone therapy treatment, including:

  • What are the goals of hormone therapy for transgender people?
  • When should transgender people begin undergoing endocrine treatment?
  • How do hormones affect the development of sex characteristics?
  • When is it appropriate to use hormone therapy to treat teenagers who are transgender?
  • How safe is hormone therapy for transgender people?

WHO:

Endocrine Society Transgender Task Force Chairman Wylie C. Hembree, MD
Special Lecturer, Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons

CONTACT:

To schedule interviews, please contact Jenni Glenn Gingery at jgingery@endocrine.org or 202-971-3655.

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