American Medical Association

The American Medical Association (AMA) is a national professional organization of medical professionals.

Founded in 1847, their goals are scientific advancement, standards for medical education, launching a program of medical ethics, and improved public health.

AMA has published several positions and policies supporting transgender and gender diverse populations.


  • Removing Financial Barriers to Care for Transgender Patients
  • Our AMA supports public and private health insurance coverage for treatment of gender dysphoria as recommended by the patient’s physician. (2016)


  • Patient-Reported Outcomes in Gender Confirmation Surgery
  • Our AMA supports: (1) initiatives and research developed by specialty societies and other relevant stakeholders to establish standardized protocols for patient selection, surgical management, and preoperative and postoperative care for transgender patients undergoing gender confirmation surgeries; and (2) implementation of standardized tools, such as questionnaires, developed by specialty societies and other relevant stakeholders to evaluate outcomes of gender confirmation surgeries. (2018)


  • Right for Gamete Preservation Therapies
  • 1. Fertility preservation services are recognized by our AMA as an option for the members of the transgender and non-binary community who wish to preserve future fertility through gamete preservation prior to undergoing gender affirming medical or surgical therapies.2. Our AMA supports the right of transgender or non-binary individuals to seek gamete preservation therapies.


  • Appropriate Placement of Transgender Prisoners
  • 1. Our AMA supports the ability of transgender prisoners to be placed in facilities, if they so choose, that are reflective of their affirmed gender status, regardless of the prisoner’s genitalia, chromosomal make-up, hormonal treatment, or non-, pre-, or post-operative status.
  • 2. Our AMA supports that the facilities housing transgender prisoners shall not be a form of administrative segregation or solitary confinement. (2018)


  • Military Medical Policies Affecting Transgender Individuals
  • Our American Medical Association affirms that there is no medically valid reason to exclude transgender individuals from service in the US military and affirms transgender service members be provided care as determined by patient and physician according to the same medical standards that apply to non-transgender personnel.


  • Reducing Suicide Risk Among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth Through Collaboration with Allied Organizations
  • Our AMA will partner with public and private organizations dedicated to public health and public policy to reduce lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth suicide and improve health among LGBTQ youth. (2012)


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