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HRC and Whitman-Walker release trans sexual health guide “Safer Sex for Trans Bodies”

Guide will offer tips and advice on sexual health, dating, and enjoying sex post-transition

Photo: HRC

Photo: HRC

As part of a push to help people be more aware of their sexual health, HRC and Whitman-Walker Health have released a comprehensive sexual health guide for transgender and gender expansive people and their partners.

“Safer Sex for Trans Bodies” will aim to fill “a significant gap in inclusive, publicly-available sexual health resources,” according to a press release. It was written by members of the transgender community and features information on respectful terminology and definitions for trans people, helpful practices for sexual health post-transition, and advice on improving masturbation and making sex more enjoyable.

The 32-page guide, available online and at Whitman-Walker’s D.C. locations, also offers information about dating while trans — including ensuring personal safety and preventing STIs — and the effects of hormones, both in terms of physical changes and their impact on sex.

“Transgender people are too often denied crucial and relevant guidance around sexual health that everyone needs to live healthy, safe and whole lives” said HRC Communications Director Jay Brown. “Transgender health issues, especially those related to sexual health, are all too often stigmatized or completely ignored. Safer Sex for Trans Bodies provides essential information that will help minimize health risks that can develop because of a lack of knowledge.”

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with HRC in creating this important resource for the community,” said Josh Riley, Director of Community Commitment at Whitman-Walker Health. “Too often in healthcare settings, if there is a focus on sexual health at all, it is only explored through the lens of pathology or dysfunction. Sexual health for trans bodies is even less recognized, rendered invisible because of ignorance or stigma. This new guide emphasizes sexual health, wellness, and exploration, in addition to risk reduction, and will be a valuable tool for trans-identified individuals across the spectrum, as well as their healthcare providers and other allies.”

Ruby Corado, executive director of Casa Ruby — a bilingual, multicultural LGBT service organization and community center — offered her support to the guide, calling it “critical to support informed decision-making in trans communities that lack access to many resources.”

The full guide can be found here. A Spanish-language edition will be released “in the coming months.”

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