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LGBT Awareness

VA welcomes all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Veterans to our facilities to receive care. VA is a safe, non-discriminatory environment for LGBT Veterans and their families.

It is important for women Veterans to have a conversation with their health care provider about sexual and gender identities. Studies show that LGBT Veterans can have lower overall health status. In general, they have lower rates of routine and preventive care, and higher rates of smoking, alcohol, and substance abuse. These Veterans frequently suffer higher rates of discrimination, stigma, and trauma experiences. LGBT Veterans are at higher risk for mental health conditions, such as anxiety, depression, and suicide attempts.

VA provides high quality, respectful care to LGBT women Veterans. Your provider may discuss these health care concerns with you:

  • Breast Cancer Care
  • Depression
  • Heart Health
  • Gynecological Care
  • Fitness
  • Tobacco Use
  • Substance Use/Alcohol
  • Trauma Exposure
  • Hepatitis Immunization and Screening
  • Hormone Treatment
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections

Learn more:

Lesbian Factsheet 

Bisexual Factsheet 

Transgender Factsheet 

LGBT Program Office: The national program office identifies best practices for LGBT Veteran care and develops educational resources and trainings for VA staff. Contact the LGBT Program at LGBTProgram@va.gov.

Women Veterans Program Managers: All VA medical centers and many Vet Centers have a Women Veterans Program Manager to help women Veterans access VA benefits and health care services. To find the VA medical center or Vet Center nearest you, call 1-877-222-8387 or visit  www.va.gov/directory.

Women Veteran Call Center: Women Veterans can call 1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636) to ask questions about available VA services and resources.

Click on the images below to download posters:

LGBT Women's Health Care

                                                                                                                  

LGBT Womens Health Care Poster:

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 Additional Resources:  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – LGBT Health
The Fenway Institute – The National LGBT Health Education Center

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association

 About Women Veterans

Women are now the fastest-growing subgroup of U.S. Veterans. The number of women Veterans is expected to increase dramatically in the next 10 years, and VA health care services are in high demand by the women Veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Department of Veterans Affairs understands the health care needs of women Veterans and is committed to meeting these needs. Women Veterans served and they deserve the best quality care. Learn more about VA health care services for women Veterans.


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