We love doing what we do here at QueerDoc: excellent gender affirming care by queer and gender diverse clinicians via telehealth. Our mission is to raise the bar in LGBTQ+ health care. We see patients in nine states: Alaska, California, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. We can’t practice medicine in other states or internationally. So here’s our guide to getting care in other states. (And if you are in one of the states we practice in, here’s how to get started with us!)
Hot tips for telehealth: You don’t have to live in the state where you get care! You do need to be physically in a state where your provider is licensed at the time of your appointment. However, between DEA regulations changing and the end of the federal COVID state of emergency, telehealth regulations are in flux, so stay tuned.
In a Ban State?
Some telemedcine may continue to be accesible in your area. Connect with your local LGBTQ+/trans non-profits to get more of the local downlow. Able to travel, but need help with funding or connecting with a prescriber? Check with Southern Trans Youth Emergency Project or Elevated Access.
We’re Not Everywhere. And That’s Ok!
We think everyone should have access to really good gender affirming health care, cis and trans alike. Our focus is transgender gender affirming care. Most of what we do is manage hormones, hormone blockers, and other prescriptions that support gender embodiment goals. We also directly work to increase access to gender affirming care by teaching other clinicians via provider education at QueerCME. For people who want to start medical transitions but aren’t in the states we are licensed in, we link to directories of affirming clinicians and other telehealth clinics on our Virtual Resources page. We’ll share them here, too, but we can’t guarantee that they’re up to date.
Access to gender affirming care, especially for youth, is changing rapidly right now. Several states have passed partial or total bans on youth care, and at least one (Missouri) is attacking all care. These bans are likely to be challenged in the courts, and injunctions which allow care to proceed may be put in place. We are committed to advocating for legal and accessible care nationally and especially in the states we serve in, and we will continue providing care for as long as we are legally able to do so. For some of our patients, continued care may mean traveling out of state and connecting with alternate resources.
Directories For Finding Providers in Other States:
- OutCare Health
- LGBTQ Health Care
- TLDEF’s providers resource list
- Virginia Department of Health Transgender Resource and Referral List
- Campaign for Southern Equality
Other Telehealth Clinics:
- QueerMed (adults and youth)
- FolxHealth (adults)
- Plume (adults)
- TransClinique (adults)
- TrueU (adults)
- The Other Clinic (16+)
Research and Academic Institutions with Gender Care Centers:
Many teaching and research institutions have gender affirming care centers for adults or teach gender affirming care in family health residency programs. Some also have pediatric centers, and most children’s hospitals have gender centers. The main source for this list is the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund’s list. As of 3/30/23, we verified each link that we’re sharing.
Several states have recently restricted gender affirming care to youth, or have legislation that would restrict care for youth or adults and is likely to pass. Those state names will have an *asterisk and a yellow background. Your ability to get care in those states may be restricted now or in the near-term future. Erin Reed maintains a legislative risk map on her substack. We do not have the resources to maintain this list, so proceed carefully and verify.
Several states have enacted shield laws. As of 4/14/23, ten states have passed laws or have executive orders in place which protect access to gender affirming care. These states will be highlighted in purple.
Arkansas Children’s (youth)
*California has a shield law protecting access to gender affirming care.
Cedars-Sinai (adult and youth)
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (youth)
Stanford Children’s Health (youth)
*Colorado protects access to gender affirming care.
Children’s Hospital Colorado (youth)
Denver Health (adult and youth)
*Connecticut protects access to gender affirming care.
Yale Pediatric Gender Program (youth)
Nemours Children’s Health (youth)
*Youth without prescriptions as of 3/16/23 may not start care or proceed to the next step in care, per Medical Board rules. This rule is being challenged in court.
Arnold Palmer Hospital (youth)
Broward Health (youth)
UF Health Youth Gender Program (youth)
UF Health (adult)
*Youth starting care in Georgia must have prescriptions in place by July 1, 2023.
*Illinois protects gender affirming care.
Northwestern Medicine (adult and youth)
UChicago Medicine (adult)
University of Iowa (adult and youth)
UK Healthcare Aesthetics Center (adult)
Main Medical Partners (youth)
Johns Hopkins (adult and youth)
MedStar Health (adult)
*Massachussetts protects access to gender affirming care.
Boston Children’s Hospital (youth)
Boston Medical Center (youth)
Boston Medical Center (adult)
C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital (youth)
Henry Ford Health (adult)
Michigan Medicine (adult and youth)
*Minnesota protects access to gender affirming care.
Children’s Minnesota (youth)
Mayo Clinic (adult and youth)
University of Minnesota Institute for Sexual and Gender Health (adult and youth)
Children’s Mercy Kansas City (youth)
Children’s Hospital St. Louis (youth)
Nebraska Medicine (adult and youth)
New Jersey protects access to gender affirming care.
Rutgers Center for Transgender Health (adult and youth)
*New Mexico protects access to gender affirming care.
Basset Healthcare Network Gender Wellness Center
Golisano Chidlren’s Hospital (youth)
Montefiore Medical Center (adult and youth)
Mount Sinai (adult and youth)
Northwell Health (adult and youth)
NYU Langone (adult and youth)
UNC School of Medicine (adult)
Cincinnati Children’s (youth)
Cleveland Clinic (adult and youth)
Metro Health (adult and youth)
Oregon Health & Science University (adult and youth)
Randall Children’s Hospital (youth)
Vanderbilt Health (adult)
UT Health Houston (adult – surgical care)
*see Getting Care At QueerDoc for information about youth care restrictions in Utah
University of Utah (adult and youth)
*Vermont has a shield law protecting patients and providers.
*Washington protects access to gender affirming care.
Seattle Children’s (youth)
Swedish First Hill Family Medicine Residency Program (adult and youth)
University of Washington (adult)
Washington, District of Columbia:
Washington, D.C. protects access to gender affirming care.
Children’s National (youth)
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (youth)
UW Health (adult and youth)
Non-Academic Clinics/LGBTQ Health Centers
Here are some of the larger non-academic organizations that provide gender affirming care:
- Planned Parenthood (services differ by location)
- Callen-Lorde (adults and youth, New York, NY)
- Chase Brexton Health Care (adults and youth, MD)
- Fenway Health (adults and youth, Boston, MA)
- Whitman-Walker Institute (adults and youth, Washington, District of Columbia)
- Mazzoni Center (adults and youth, Philadelphia, PA)
- TransHealth (Massachussetts)
Do you know of others? We welcome additions to this list, although we may not have the resources to update it frequently. Email us at email@example.com.
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