For transgender people around the world, proper access to healthcare is one of the most crippling issues facing the community around the world. Now, singer, songwriter and activist Ryan Cassata is sharing his personal experience with being denied necessary treatment.
In a thread of posts to his Twitter account on Monday (Nov. 9), Cassata said that he was recently denied medical care in Los Angeles due to the fact that he is transgender. "Today I was refused medical care because I am trans," he wrote in his initial post. "I'm not sharing this for sympathies. I am sharing this to spread awareness, because it’s 2020 & the reality is that trans people are still being dismissed & discriminated against even in blue & major cities like L.A. (where I live)."
The singer explained in his subsequent posts that he called ahead to the offices of an OB/GYN in L.A. explaining that "I’ve been sick for over a month," and asking whether or not the practice treated transgender patients. According to Cassata, "they said 'yes we are very trans friendly, we’ve gotten rave reviews.'" However, he then says that he was later denied treatment.