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VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System

 

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 Southern Nevada Healthcare 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.

The VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System offers a variety of programs to create a health care system that is responsive to the particular needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) patients and staff by building upon the unique strengths of LGBT culture.

You Are Not Alone America is home to an estimated one million LGBT service members and Veterans, who have served the US military with honor and distinction. With the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 and federal agencies from the Pentagon to the VA observing Gay Pride Month, opportunities abound for new developments in LGBT Veteran health care. We hope you choose VASNHS and join our growing team of Veterans and staff to create an LGBT Veteran community and health care system in this exciting time of social advancement! 
Resources for Veterans LGBT Veterans have a supportive environment to give and receive support from peers. For more information, please call group facilitators David S. Jenkins, (702) 791-9000 x15269.

LGBT community remain “in the closet,” choosing to not disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity to others, including their providers. In VHA, many providers don’t ask their patients about their gender identity, sexual orientation, or sexual health.

LGBT Veterans important information about their unique health risks and relevant services offered by VA: TRANSGENDER MEN HEALTH CARE TRANSGENDER WOMEN HEALTH CARE GAY AND BISEXUAL MEN HEALTH CARE LESBIAN AND BISEXUAL WOMEN HEALTH CARE MEDICAL DECISION MAKER - ADVANCED DIRECTIVE
Please report any concerns with your healthcare to the Inquiry Routing & Information System (IRIS). This website will allow you to ask questions and raise concerns regarding your care to the appropriate employees to help you resolve any issues.
LGBT knowledgable and friendly providers List LGBT knowledgeable and friendly providers list LGBT Veteran Video Project The film The Camouflage Closet is a documentary about 9 LGBT Veterans' experiences with PTSD, trauma and recovery. This film incorporates the firsthand perspectives of LGBT Veterans who were provided with cameras, tools, and training to create video narratives for the purpose of increasing awareness among mental health clinicians, Veterans and LGBT Civilians. The Camouflage Closet has been honored as an Official Selection of the Council on Social Work Education's 2014 Virtual Film Festival and was shown at the 2013 San Francisco Veterans Film Festival.

Resources for Staff LGBT VA staff and heterosexual allies are invited to participate in the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Program of the Equal Employment Opportunity Office. The goals of this group are: 1. to train VASNHS staff about LGBT Veteran Health Care and Policies, 2. raise awareness about LGBT Veterans and staff at VASNHS, 3. provide support and social opportunities for LGBT staff, and 4. increase enrollment at VASNHS among LGBT Veterans and employment among LGBT staff.

LGBT Employee Recruitment Efforts The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) SEP Program Manager is actively involved in the recruitment of LGBT employees to VASNHS through outreach at LGBT employment fairs in the community and pride festivals in Las Vegas.

VA EEO, Employee, Patient Non Discrimination and Visitation Policies  

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

David Jenkins
Health Technician
VA North Las Vegas Medical Center
702-791-9168

Resources

LGBT Updates