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Resources to Empower the LGBTQIA+ Community

At UMass MemorialHealth, we are dedicated to providing comprehensive care and support for the LGBTQIA+ community. Discrimination has no place in health care, and our commitment to serve you is unwavering. Here are some regional and national resources that can empower the LGBTQIA+ community when accessing care:

Understanding Gender

  • Understanding Gender: Gender Spectrum provides various resources to explain the concept of gender and how to create an inclusive world across the spectrum of gender diversity.
  • Human Rights Campaign LGBTQIA+ Terminology: This glossary was written to help people understand the many terms used to describe the LGBTQIA+ community and to help make conversations easier and more comfortable.

Health Care Resources

Additional Resources

  • Safe Homes: Safe Homes offers a safe and nurturing environment for LGBTQIA+ youth in Central Massachusetts. Their services include educational programs and workshops.
  • AIDS Project Worcester: Providing services for individuals with HIV/AIDS since 1987, AIDS Project Worcester has adapted to community needs, including their recent MPOX initiative.
  • Health Law Advocates (HLA): HLA's Gender-Diverse Health Care Access Project provides free legal help to clear health care barriers related to gender identity.
  • GLAD: Through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy, and education, GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders (GLAD) works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation.
  • The Trevor Project: The team offers crisis support and counseling to end suicide among LGBTQ young people.
  • Trans Lifeline: This peer support phone service is run by trans people for trans and questioning peers.  
  • Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG):  PFLAG is a national organization dedicated to supporting LGBTQIA+ people and the people who love them by offering education and support services for the family and friends of LGBTQIA+ people.
  • Out Metrowest: Offers free programs connecting LGBTQ+ youth with supportive peers and adult role models.
  • Boston Alliance of LGBTQ+ Youth (BAGLY): This organization provides services for LGBTQ+ youth, focusing on LGBTQ+ youth of color, trans and gender nonconforming youth, and homeless LGBTQ+ youth.
  • Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth: This independent state agency helps all youth thrive and coordinates the Safe Schools Program.
  • GLSEN Educator Network – Dedicated to creating a safe, inclusive school environment.

We believe in creating a supportive environment where everyone's health care needs are met with dignity and respect. If you're looking for LGBTQIA+ care, we're here to connect you with compassionate providers who understand your unique needs. 

  • Call 855-UMASS-MD (855-862-7763) to connect with a knowledgeable provider.
  • Use Find a Doctor to search for providers who welcome and have experience working with LGBTQIA+ patients. We continually update our list with more providers who share our commitment to inclusive care.