(The Progressive) -- Henry Trettenbach was settling into summer vacation last year when he received an alarming Facebook message from his college physician. Annamaria Kontor had been abruptly fired from the Rochester Institute of Technology for prescribing hormone replacement therapy to transgender students.
“I was devastated,” says Trettenbach, now twenty, who began transitioning in high school. “I had just been denied health care.”
The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), located in upstate New York, is not alone in denying gender-affirming hormone therapy. Although hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, is relatively inexpensive and easy to prescribe and monitor, few colleges and universities in the United States cover it under their student health insurance—roughly 110 out of about 4,700—according to Campus Pride, a nonprofit that annually rates how well institutions of higher learning serve the needs of LGBTQ students. Even fewer offer HRT at their student health centers.
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