HSEX 6311

About This Course


Introduction to Healthcare for Transgender and Gender Diverse Adults seeks to define trans health care through a historical, analytical, and concern-based curriculum. The first half of the course will explore the components of sexual identity through an intersectional lens, the systemic marginalization of gender-diverse populations, and the historical pathologization of nonconforming sexual identities in the history of health care.

The second half of this course seeks to define trans health care through a tripartite lens of care preceding and during transition, care for nonconforming people, and health care for trans concerns before analyzing the historicity of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) standards of care and relevant ongoing care for gender-diverse patients. Students will engage in a discussion-rich curriculum that focuses on the destabilizing of race-, class-, and gender-centric assumptions surrounding the topics of gender identity, sexual orientation, birth-assigned sex, and gender expression.

They will also complete a number of case studies to critically engage with topics such as broader trans representation, nonbinary health care options, historical advances in trans health, and reproductive justice for trans communities. The course will culminate in a student-directed final project that asks them to reflect on how they might apply this knowledge to their specific career trajectory.


Nic Rider
Nic Rider

Nic Rider is assistant professor and coordinator of the Adult Transgender Health Services Program. They were the first Randi and Fred Ettner Postdoctoral Fellow at the Program in Human Sexuality. Dr. Rider’s clinical training includes psychotherapy and assessment experiences in a university counseling center, hospital settings, private practice, community clinic, residential treatment, and juvenile justice settings. Dr. Rider is interested in gender and sexual identity development, intersections of identity, discrimination and microaggressions, sexual trauma/abuse recovery, and social justice advocacy. Dr. Rider is on the executive board for the Asian American Psychological Association’s Division on LGBTQQ Issues. Dr. Rider received a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Howard University.

Taymy Caso
Taymy Caso

Taymy Josefa Caso, PhD, is the Randi and Fred Ettner Postdoctoral Fellow in Transgender Health in the Institute for Sexual and Gender Health and a researcher at the National Center for Gender Spectrum Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Caso holds degrees in counseling and clinical psychology from New York University and Columbia University, Teachers College. Their research focuses on minority health disparities, intersectionality, identity-based marginalization within LGBTQ+ BIPOC communities, gender and sexual fluidity, and social determinants of health. Their advocacy work utilizes decolonizing pedagogy to deconstruct institutional and systemic barriers to equity and develop community-based interventions for under-served communities.

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