People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or intersex (LGBTQ+) may have unique health care needs. The resources and information provided below can help them avoid health conditions common to these groups and have safe, pleasurable sexual lives.
LGBTQ+ people deserve to get the most out of their health care visits. That means working with providers who affirm who they are and incorporate their sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression into care.
Through the NYC Health Map, you can find LGBTQ-knowledgeable providers who can offer you services in:
For more help finding the right medical services and provider, call 311.
When you visit your provider, here are a few tips for talking with them:
Health Care Bill of Rights
In New York City, it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression in public accommodations, including in health care settings.
The City’s LGBTQ Health Care Bill of Rights is a list of current legal rights that you can use to assert your health care rights. In any health care setting or health care interaction, you have the right to:
For more information on how these rights apply to your health care, see:
If you believe you have been mistreated or denied care because of your sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, you can file a complaint with the City’s Commission on Human Rights by calling (718) 722-3131. You can also call 311 or file a complaint online.