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Health & Health Care in Gender Diverse Communities Call for Papers


Submit to PLOS ONE and expand the breadth of Gender Diverse Health and Healthcare research. The submission deadline has been extended to October 15, 2020

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Oct 15 2020

he approach to health care for trans and gender diverse individuals is evolving in response to expanding knowledge of the needs in these communities, as well as a growing understanding of the wide-ranging impacts of health inequity. However, current empirical research in this area has focused on sexual health and gender affirming care in geographically limited populations, and transmasculine and nonbinary communities are underrepresented in research on this topic.

In this Call for Papers, we are inviting submissions addressing the health status and health care needs of trans and gender diverse individuals worldwide, throughout their lifespans. In this collection we aim to highlight emerging clinical, psychological, epidemiological, sociological, and public health research, and submissions reporting research on health policies that affect these communities are also encouraged. We particularly welcome research reporting analyses of multi-site, longitudinal, and/or national population-based datasets, research from geographically underrepresented areas, as well as research with an explicit community engagement focus.

All research submitted to this Call for Papers will be assessed against the clear language guidelines set out by WPATH along with the PLOS ONE standard submission guidelines.

The trans and gender diverse population is large and growing, with estimates that upwards of 1 in 200 adults and 1 in 100 adolescents identify as transgender, and even more as gender diverse. Trans men, trans women, non-binary, and gender diverse people exist in all countries and experience a wide range of health and health care issues but this diversity has not always been reflected in published research. This special issue is an exciting opportunity to highlight topically, methodologically, and geographically diverse studies at the cutting edge of trans and gender diverse health research, and to use PLOS ONE’s global reach and open-access policy to inform policy and practice globally.”
Ayden Scheim
Guest Editor

Jae Sevelius
University of California San Francisco, USA

Ayden Scheim
Drexel University, USA

Asa Radix
New York University Langone Health, USA

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Alison Turnbull
PLOS ONE author, USA

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