Akron-area clinics, employers expand care options for trans patients

Julie Boylen, a trans woman, sits at the Community AIDS Network/Akron Pride Initiative (CANAPI) office in Akron where she works.

Julie Boylen remembers the day she finally found a doctor who could help her.

It was 2014, and she was on the floor of MetroHealth’s Pride Clinic, a Cleveland-based medical office offering health care tailored to the LGBTQ+ community, including transgender patients like Boylen.

“I remember the lady telling me: ‘It’s going to be OK. We can help you out here. We’ve got everything you’re going to need,’” she said. “I broke down and cried on that floor. I did.”

Even now, eight years later, the memory brings tears to her eyes as she struggles to find the right words.

“It was a moment I needed so bad and it made such a difference in my life.”

In less than a decade since, gender-affirming care has expanded in the region with not only increased medical access, but also more employers insuring medications, therapy and surgery for the trans community.

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