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DEI education bans pose threats to medical training and health care

Clinical manager Wendy Greene, left, draws draws blood from Andrea Montañez during an appointment at SPEKTRUM Health, Nov. 22, 2023, in Orlando, Fla.

This story was published in partnership with the Center for Public Integrity, a newsroom that investigates inequality.

When Andrea Montañez visited her Orlando-area cardiologist two years ago to treat her abnormally fast heart rate, the receptionists and nurses often misgendered her. 

For a couple of years following her transition, Montañez’s insurance information still listed her deadname and identified her as male. Despite informing the office of her new name and pronouns, clinic staff continued to call her “sir.”

The feeling of being misgendered is “horrible,” said Montañez, who worried about the quality of care she was receiving. 

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