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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 North Texas 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.

Welcome LGBT Veterans. We thank you for your service! 

You Are Not Alone 

The United States is home to an estimated one million LGB service members and Veterans, with an estimated 65,000 serving on active duty. It is estimated that 134,000 Veterans identify as transgender, with more than 15,000 trans people estimated to be serving on active duty. LGBT people have a long history of serving the US military with honor and distinction, and have also made notable contributions to LGBT communities at large. For example, the rainbow and transgender pride flags were both designed by U.S. Veterans-Gilbert Baker, a gay Army Veteran, and Monica Helms, a transgender Navy Veteran.

We at VANTHCS recognize that diverse populations have distinctive needs, and we train our staff in culturally and clinically competent care for LGBT Veterans. VANTHCS is focused on providing the most respectful health care environment possible. We hope you choose VANTHCS and join our growing team of Veterans and staff to build upon our diverse community and health care system.

LGBT Veteran Services

LGBT Care Coordinator

All VA health care systems have LGBT Veteran Care Coordinators who serve as the point of contact for LGBT Veterans’ care needs.
If you have questions about our LGBT Program, or need help with coordination of your care, please contact VA North Texas LGBT Care Coordinator at (214) 927-4601.

What about gender affirming surgery?

VA policy does not provide for or fund gender affirming surgeries, or similar elective procedures.

VANTHCS, however, does offer assistance with pre- and post-surgical care needs, such as:

  • Letters of support for gender affirmative surgeries and procedures performed in the community
  • Assistance setting up after care plans for surgeries performed in the community
  • Pre-surgical counseling for those with questions about navigating the surgery process
  • Post-surgical medical care
  • Post-surgical sexual health care  

Affirmative Psychotherapy Services 

At VANTHCS, we provide comprehensive, culturally sensitive individual and group therapy for Veterans identifying as LGBT, as well as those who are questioning, or who hold other sexual or gender minority identities. We recognize that sexual and gender identities are just one part of what makes you who you are.  VA NOrth Texas takes a holistic, intersectional approach to care - meaning we work with you to establish treatment plans that incorporate all of your cultural identities.

Consultation services are available for Veterans and care providers who wish to learn more about LGBT related services and support available at VA North Texas.

Your right to privacy is protected, to include your medical records. Our providers know that gender expression, identity, and sexuality can be personal issues. Each Veteran has the right to decide what works best for them. We encourage very open and collaborative conversations with your health care providers about this personal matter.

Longstanding LGBT Psychotherapy Group

  • Where: VA North Texas Dallas site (4500 South Lancaster Road, Dallas TX 75216, Mental Health)
  • What: LGBT Psychotherapy Group is for individuals interested in working on personal growth and skills for managing a range of mental health issues in a supportive environment.  It is led by a board-certified clinical psychologist and has consistent membership from meeting to meeting (not a drop-in format). 
  • When: twice monthly
  • Referrals: To learn more call (214-857-0912)
  • National LGBT Training Program website.
  • Community Provider Toolkits are available here: Lesbian Gay and Bisexual Veterans Toolkit Transgender Veterans Toolkit




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

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Program
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Program
VA North Texas Dallas
214-927-4601

Resources

LGBT Updates