Abstract

Importance: Societal stigma gravely impedes occupational justice for transgender and gender-nonconforming (TGNC) people, producing vast health disparities for this population.

Objective: To test the feasibility of an intervention to reduce stigma and improve the well-being of TGNC people.

Design: A parallel, mixed-methods design was used to test feasibility in the areas of acceptability, demand, and limited efficacy.

Setting: Community.

Participants: Forty-two audience members and 5 TGNC interviewees.

Intervention: Virtual, narrative-informed play reading and moderated discussion about gender diversity and affirmative care.

Outcomes and Measures: The valid and reliable Acceptance and Action Questionnaire–Stigma was used to assess stigma beliefs. An open-ended, qualitative question assessed TGNC interviewees’ experiences.

Results: Recruitment and participant responses to the intervention indicated feasibility in the areas of acceptability, demand, and limited efficacy. However, future efforts at obtaining a diverse TGNC sample are needed.

Conclusions and Relevance: The intervention decreased stigma beliefs in audience members and offered a positive experience for TGNC participants. Feasibility outcomes warrant future efficacy testing.

What This Article Adds: This article adds an innovative intervention for promoting occupational justice to support the health and well-being of TGNC people. The community-based intervention facilitates change in societal attitudes and stigmatizing beliefs.

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