Friday, January 14, 2011

In History: Rebecca Allison

This is the 60th post in a weekly feature here at Spare Candy, called "In History." Some posts might be little more than a photo, others full on features. If you have any suggestions for a person or event that should be featured, or would like to submit a guest post or cross post, e-mail me at rosiered23 (at) sparecandy (dot) com.

Rebecca Anne "Becky" Allison, who is 64 years old and known to many as Dr. Becky, is a cardiologist and president of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association. In 2008 she was elected chair of the American Medical Association Advisory Committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues. Allison is known for her work advocating on behalf of trans gender people.

Allison graduated from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1971. After practicing primary care/internal medicine, in 1985 she returned to school to study cardiology, working in that field beginning in 1987. Allison transitioned in 1993 while living in Jackson, Mississippi, but lost her practice within a year of her transition. She then moved to Phoenix for a position with CIGNA and currently serves as their chief of cardiology. Phoenix Magazine named Allison one of the "Top Doctors" in Phoenix for 2006, 2007 and 2008.

In 1998, Allison created, a resource site focusing on the medical, legal and spiritual needs of trans gender people. Allison's website is frequently cited in guidelines for LGBT health care. Allison assisted in passage of AMA Resolution 22, "Removing Financial Barriers to Care for Transgender Patients." Allison is also active in Soulforce and organizes the Phoenix Transgender Day of Remembrance annually with her partner, Margaux Schaffer.

You can read more about Allison and her work and activism here: "Dr. Becky Allison: Local Action Hero."

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