Supportive Medical Resources for LGBTQIA+ Youth and Families

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Many of clients report struggling to find supportive healthcare for their youth. While the family doctor who has known the individual for years can be a good resource, this isn’t always the case. You have the choice of educating your current provider or choosing a new one. While we chose to share my child’s sexual and gender identity and have a discussion with our family doctor before making any changes, I understand this is not always the best route for you and your loved one.

Good health care is more than a primary physician, it’s a team of individuals that support mental and physical health. So I recommend ensuring your provider is a team player with whatever specialists you may be working with. Here are some resources for finding the best team for you:

Ask your personal doctor. While they may not be the best provider for you, they often have connections within your community and may have ideas for others who may be.

Search the web. Search “LGBTQ healthcare (your town)”. Sometimes adding the search term HIV/AIDS is also helpful to identify care providers who are actively treating LGBTQ+ individuals. Even if they are not the provider you need, they may be able to recommend other providers in the area.

The Healthcare Equality Index. Published annually by the Human Rights Campaign, this is a list of US healthcare facilities that promote equitable and inclusive care for LGBTQ+ individuals and their families. https://www.hrc.org/resources/healthcare-equality-index

Equitas. In 13 Midwest cities, there is a regional non-profit healthcare system that serves the needs of LGBTQ+ individuals. https://equitashealth.com

GLMA Provider Listing. The world’s oldest and largest association of LGBTQ+ healthcare professionals. http://www.glma.org. Also on this site, you can find access to the GLMA Guide to LGBT Health and their guides for 10 things to discuss with your healthcare provider (under resources).

The Transgender Care Listing. Assists in locating a provider. http://transcaresite.org/

If you are needing additional help with resources, please email me at sarah@sarahkennedycoaching.com.

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