Research shows that transgender people are in poorer health and disadvantaged in the health care system compared to other patients in Denmark. In addition, some transgender people experience psychological challenges in their everyday lives as well as barriers in their meeting with nurses regarding treatment and the desire to have children, among other things. Transgender people themselves report that they are subjected to discrimination and disempowerment in the health care system and experience negative feelings in the meeting with nurses. Studies have shown that one of the main problems is that health professionals lack a basic knowledge about transgender people. In this article, we discuss how nurses can improve their approach to transgender people when they meet them in the Danish health care system.

Keywords: transgender people, gender, nursing care, stigma, patient experiences