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Research Opportunities for LGBTQ+ Veterans

Research Opportunities for LGBTQ+ Veterans

LGBT FlagThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) supports research to improve the delivery of health care to Veterans. VA is one of the nation's leaders in health research and has contributed to many important advances in health care.

Some studies use existing information, numbers, and other data, while others require volunteer participants. Some of that research directly examines the delivery of health care to LGBTQ+ Veterans.

Learn about specific opportunities for LGBTQ+ Veterans to participate in VA research.


Current Projects:  

Name of project: Gender-Affirming Care Evaluation (GRACE)
What is the purpose of this study? We want to learn about Veterans’ experiences with gender-affirming care, including past surgeries as well as interest in future gender-affirming surgeries, to understand how VA can best serve transgender and gender diverse (TGD) Veterans. Your responses will help guide VA as it prepares to make gender-affirming surgeries available for TGD Veterans.
Who is conducting the study? The Gender-Affirming Care Evaluation (GRACE) study is being led by a team that includes both VA researchers and TGD Veterans working with the VA LGBTQ+ Health Program.
Participants needed: Transgender, nonbinary, and gender diverse military Veterans, even if you are not enrolled in VA care.
What does participating involve? Completing a 25 minute voluntary and confidential survey and (for those who are invited) a 30- to 60-minute interview.
Want more information? Please call 206-277-5020
Location: Online
IRB #: PISC 1655279
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There is an LGBTQ+ Veteran Care Coordinator (LGBTQ+ VCC) at every facility to help you get the care you need. VHA policies require that your health care is delivered in an affirming and inclusive environment and that VHA employees respect your identity.

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VHA Directive 1340: Health Care for Veterans who Identify as Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual
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