My name is Elijah Castle, and my pronouns are they/them and he/him. I am a community worker and an interdisciplinary trans health advocate. I am committed to breaking down barriers to accessing gender affirming care, and providing accessible and updated information. My lived experience as a trans person who has accessed gender affirming health interventions informs my work.
I work in gender affirming surgery research at NYU Langone. The research I work in focuses on patient reported outcomes. I am invested in trans people determining what is important in our own healthcare. I previously worked in the adolescent health program at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, and spent a good portion of my time there working to improve the quantity and quality of patient education for patients pursuing gender affirming surgeries.
I also co-run a buddy program at NYU for patients undergoing genital gender affirming surgeries at NYU. For the past year I have been helping to facilitate Tool Shed, a NYC-based peer support group for people who are interested in and post-op phalloplasty and metoidioplasty.
I believe the priorities and needs of trans people should take the lead in how our healthcare is provided to us. Trans people should be knowledgeable and activate participants in our care. This involves translating clinical and technical knowledge into easily-digestible education for patients, as well as ensuring trans people are included in clinical and research teams providing transgender care.
I am also interested in further exploring and working in the intersections of transgender healthcare with disability justice, eating disorders, and fat liberation.
This is an independent project run by myself, Elijah Castle. All opinions on this site are my own and are not reflective of my employer.