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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Veteran Care

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VHA) is committed to providing quality care to all Veterans including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Veterans. Excellent care has no boundaries.

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VA Northern California Health Care System seeks to promote the health, welfare, and dignity of LGBT Veterans and their families. We are committed to making sensitive and high quality health care accessible. Our policies and practices focus on ensuring a safe, welcoming, and affirmative environment of care for LGBT Veterans. Our employees receive training in clinically competent care that is responsive to the unique needs of LGBT Veterans.

LGBT Veterans face increased health risks and unique challenges in accessing quality healthcare. The VA is developing policies, provider-education programs, and services to ensure high-quality patient-centered care for LGBT Veterans. The VA strives to be a national leader in the provision of health care to LGBT Veterans and assure that care is provided in a sensitive, safe environment at VA health facilities nationwide.

VA Northern California Health Care System is proud and committed to serve Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Veterans. We thank you for your service.

Come and join our LGBT Family!!! We have many resources available for you.

VA NorCal LGBT+ Veteran Support Groups

Rainbow Vets LGBT+ Support Group
Every Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Martinez VA Outpatient Clinic
Building 24: Please wait in the lobby.
150 Muir Road, Martinez, CA 94553
POC: Dr. Lisa Belvy, (925) 372-2583
Group Flyer: Click Here

Rainbow Affirmation Group: (Wednesday @ 0700)

Meeting Link: https://veteransaffairs.webex.com/veteransaffairs/j.php?MTID=m7d29050ee5458f69e245100bac669578
Meeting Number: 199 748 8918
Meeting password: WAbgkR7n?25

Cutting and pasting the link into Chrome tends to work best.  If video issues are a problem, Veterans can call in to: 404-397-1596 (and enter the same Meeting Number).

Some of our Activities and Trainings supporting LGBT Veterans:

  1. Since 2015, we have been hosting an LGBT Veterans Booth at Pride Festivities in Sacramento and Oakland.
  2. Transgender 101 Training for VA Staff.
  3. LGBTQ Cultural Competency for Healthcare Providers aimed at VA Staff and Private Sector Providers that service Veterans.
  4. LGBT Veterans Panel for VA Staff.
  5. LGBTQ Veterans Resource Tabling at events across VA Northern California Health Care System and in the Community.
  6. Developed a Transgender Health Care Brochure to support Transgender Veterans in their journey toward becoming their authentic self.
  7. Currently working on a policy to address Hair Removal Treatment for Transgender Women Veterans across VA Northern California Health Care System.

Please review the linked flyers for additional details on these support groups. 

We Serve All Who Served

We also offer LGBT Mental Health Support Group at Martinez Campus every Tuesday at 1pm-2:30pm. For more information please contact Dr. Lisa Alvy at 925-372-2583 and or Lisa.Alvy@va.gov.

Providing Health Care for Transgender & Intersex Veterans VHA Directive

VHA Directive 1341
Providing Health Care for Transgender and Intersex Veterans details access to care for transgender and intersex Veterans including a Frequently Asked Questions section. Topics include prevalence, definition of terms, and clarification about services that are covered under the Directive. Read the Directive

The LGBT Health Program is delighted to report that VHA Directive 1340 PROVISION OF HEALTH CARE FOR VETERANS WHO IDENTIFY AS LESBIAN, GAY, OR BISEXUAL has been published. This directive establishes VHA policy for the equitable, respectful, and affirming delivery of clinically appropriate health care to lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) Veterans.

LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator (VCC) Program

As of March 2016, each VA facility has a local LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator (VCC) who is appointed by their facility leadership. The VCC is responsible for promoting best practices for serving LGBT Veterans and connecting LGBT Veterans to services.

Health Information

To learn important information about the unique health risks of LGBT Veterans, download these relevant fact sheets. Here you can also find information about relevant services offered by VA.


Gay and Bisexual
Men
Health Care Fact Sheet

Gay and Bisexual Men Health Care Fact Sheet

Lesbian and Bisexual
Women
Health Care Fact Sheet

Lesbian and Bisexual Women Health Care Fact Sheet

Transgender
Women
Health Care Fact Sheet

Transgender Women Health Care Fact Sheet

Transgender
Men
Health Care Fact Sheet

Transgender Men Health Care Fact Sheet

Contact

Alison Arruda, LCSW
LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator
150 Muir Road, Martinez, CA
925-372-2383

Resources

LGBT Updates