Patient Care Services
Veterans with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) and Related Identities
“LGBT and related identities” is an inclusive term for sexual and gender minorities. Veterans may have other ways of describing themselves, so the term “LGBT and related identities” is used to inclusively recognize the full range of sexual orientation and gender identity minorities. All Veterans are welcome at VA, even those who identify as a sexual or gender minority. Sexual and gender minority Veterans have faced stigma and discrimination, which can affect health. As a healthcare institution, we need to work to make sure that Veterans with LGBT and related identities know that they are welcome at VA.
Available Health Care Services
There is an LGBT VCC at every facility to help you get the care you need. Contact the LGBT VCC at your nearest facility.VA health care includes, among other services:
- Hormone treatment
- Substance use/alcohol treatment
- Tobacco use treatment
- Treatment and prevention of sexually transmitted infections/PrEP
- Intimate partner violence reduction and treatment of after effects
- Heart health
- Cancer screening, prevention and treatment
Does my sexual orientation or gender identity matter to my health care?
As a result of stigma, stress, and discrimination, Veterans with LGBT and related identities face increased health risks and unique challenges in health care. We want you to be comfortable talking with your VA providers about all aspects of your life, so we can offer you the best care possible.
Learn about health risks and why you should talk to your provider about your sexual orientation identity, birth sex, and self-identified gender identity in the fact sheets below.
- VA Health Care for Transgender Men
- VA Health Care for Transgender Women
- VA Health Care for Gay and Bisexual Men
- VA Health Care for Lesbian and Bisexual Women
Learn about the resources and support available for Veterans who have faced challenges related to coming out as a person with a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or related identity.
- Coming Out to Your Health Care Provider
- Lesbian, Gay Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Service Members and Veterans
- How to Apply for a Discharge Upgrade