LGBTQ Resources

UTMB received designation as a leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality in 2016. 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.

HEI 2016

Helpful Information and Links


UTMB's mission is to improve health for the people of Texas and around world, which includes our commitment to meeting the healthcare 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 healthcare and promote LGBTQ health equity with access to care.

UTMB is committed to embrace diversity and to insure that all patients can access quality healthcare in a welcoming and supportive environment.  Options to access resources include:

  1. Finding a physician
    • Who is an LGBTQ ally, 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
  2. Patient Navigator, Amy Barrera-Kovach, LCSW is available to assist patients within the LGBTQ community to access quality healthcare in an accepting, supportive environment.  Amy can help guide LGBTQ patients and their families through the healthcare 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.  Amy is available as a point of contact for referring physicians, LGBTQ patients and caregivers to provide resources and accessing clinical and supportive care services offered within UTMB Health System and in the community.  Amy can be reached at 409-747-8964 or esbarrer@UTMB.EDU.



Gay Yellow Network—Galveston and Bay Area Directory

GLBT Near Me—The GLBT National Resource Database

Human Rights Campaign

Lambda Legal

National Center for Transgender Equality

ID Documents Center



10 things lesbians should discuss with their healthcare provider

10 things gay men should discuss with their healthcare provider

10 things bisexuals should discuss with their healthcare provider

10 things transgender persons should discuss with their healthcare provider

LGBT Veteran Health Fact Sheets

LGBT Veteran Care

World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH)

Joint Commission Field Guide

GLMA- Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality

Fenway Health

CDC- LGBT Health


Galveston and Houston LGBTQ SERVICES

Access Care of Coastal Texas

AIDS Foundation Houston

Alcoholics Anonymous


Bering Omega Community Services

Galveston Island LGBT+

Gender Infinity

Gulf Pride for Youth (GPY)

Hatch Youth

Houston Department of Health and Human Services

Houston Area Women's Center

Lambda Center Houston

Lesbian Health Initiative of Houston

LGBT Switchboard

The Montrose Center

Out. Proud. Together. Youth

Out Smart- Houston's LGBT Magazine

PFLAG Houston Chapter

Pride Houston