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LGBTQ Resources

UTMB is recognized by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) as a Top Performer and is mentioned in the 2018 Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) Resource Guide. The Resource Guide highlights best practices for HEI criteria. UTMB achieved full credit in the following areas: Non-Discrimination and Staff Training, Patient Services and Support, and Patient and Community Engagement. 

Top Performer in 2017

UTMB's mission, to improve health for the people of Texas and around world, includes our commitment to meeting the health care needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer, (LGBTQ) community, with respect, compassion and integrity. As part of the UTMB family, we will work together to provide the best health care and promote LGBTQ health equity with access to care.

As part of our commitment to the LGBTQ community, we believe it is important to provide information about healthcare issues, resources and initiatives that will benefit you and your family.

As a patient at UTMB, you have the right to receive care in a manner that is considerate and respectful of personal values and beliefs and in an environment that preserves your dignity without regard to race, religion, beliefs, cultural values, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran or financial status.



In March 2017, the Human Rights Campaign, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, released its 10th edition of the Healthcare Equality Index, reflecting a decade of progress in LGBTQ-inclusive health care.  

A record 590 health care facilities actively participated in the 2017 HEI survey, committing to LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices.

UTMB previously received designation as a leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality in 2016 and continues to use the survey as a tool to make improvements to services for patients, students and employees.  


Helpful Information and Links


Finding a physician:

  • To find out which physicians are LGBTQ allies, contact the 24/7 Access Center at 409-772-2222 or 800-971-8996
  • To discuss Transgender Hormone Therapy, contact the 24/7 Access Center at 409-772-2222 or 800-971-8996


Patient Navigator Amy Barrera-Kovach, LCSW is available to assist patients in the LGBTQ community with access to quality health care in an accepting, supportive environment. Amy can help guide LGBTQ patients and their families navigate the health system, assist with locating resources and help connect patients to providers comfortable with LGBTQ needs, including evaluation for transgender hormone therapy and LGBTQ family planning. She is also a point of contact for referring physicians. Amy can be reached at 409-747-8964 or esbarrer@UTMB.EDU.