Date of Graduation

12-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Journalism (MA)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

Journalism

Advisor

Bret Schulte

Committee Member

Gerald Jordan

Second Committee Member

Patrick Conge

Keywords

Social sciences; Communication and the arts; Gender dysphoria; Gender transition; Health care; Transgender

Abstract

The transgender population in Northwest Arkansas has difficulty in finding quality, accessible healthcare for gender transition-related procedures and for basic medical needs as well. These difficulties stem in part from a complex combination of discrimination, lack of information and training for proper treatment and care. This study takes a look at what is and isn’t available to transgender people in Northwest Arkansas and why they travel to other states and countries to seek healthcare.

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