July 19, 2022

LGBTQ + Veteran Care | VA Houston Health Care

VA Houston healthcare workers receive clinical care training that meets the unique needs of LGBTQ + veterans. Our trained LGBTQ + Veteran Care Coordinators are fully equipped to support the health, well-being and dignity of you and your family.

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Care we provide at VA Houston

We promote the health, well-being and dignity of Veterans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer / questioning (LGBTQ +) or a related identity. We are focused on ensuring a safe, welcoming and positive environment when providing you with high-quality, sensitive health services such as:

  • Mental health services, including psychosocial assessments for hormone therapy and gender confirming surgeries
  • Hormone therapy
  • Gender affirming prostheses
  • HIV and STI testing, counseling and care, including PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) and PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) for veterans at risk of contracting HIV
  • Other prevention, screening, wellness and screening services

Policies and Practices to Know

The care coordinator can help you start care or deal with any of these issues.

Visitation: A same-sex partner, family member, friend, or other person may be present with the patient for emotional support during the patient’s stay.

Definition of family: The “family” can include people who are not legally related to the person. Family members include spouses, domestic partners, other people of the opposite and same sex.

Advance directives: Veterans can designate anyone as the care decision maker if they are unable to make those decisions on their own. This includes same sex partners. Advance directives agents are chosen by the veteran and do not need to be biologically related.

Documentation in medical records: VA Houston maintains the confidentiality of information about sexual orientation, sexual behavior, and gender identity, like any other private health information.

Change of name or sex in recordings: Your name in your medical record will reflect your legal name. The gender in your medical record should reflect your self-identified gender. You have the right to request that your name and gender be updated if necessary. There are established procedures for changing your name and gender with the VA Privacy Officer.