LGBTQ Health & Sexuality Resources
The Rainbow Terrapin Network and LGBT Staff and Faculty Association have recognized our very own UHC staff for their commitment to LGBTQ quality healthcare and inclusion:
- Jenna Beckwith Messman, Sexual Health Programs Coordinator: Defender of Diversity (2015) Advocate for Equity (2013)
- Penny Jacobs, Family Nurse Practitioner: Trans* Advocacy Award (2013)
The University Health Center is committed to providing caring, quality, and confidential services to our campus community, inclusive of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We work to provide affirming health and wellness services, so you can be treated well and stay well.
To meet the health and wellness needs of all campus community members, the University Health Center offers many programs and services. Whether you are interested in primary care, looking to quit smoking, meditation or alternative medicine, mental health appointments, substance use support, or are looking for general health and wellness information, our staff of Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants and other health professionals are ready to help!
On this page:
- Tips for students and other visitors to UHC who identify as LGBTQ
- Especially for trans and genderqueer folks
- Gender-Neutral Restrooms in the Health Center
- LGBTQ Health & Wellness Resources
- LGBTQ Campus Resources
- National LGBTQ Resources
Select appointments may be made via the web at www.myuhc.umd.edu or by phone at 301-314-8184 Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. Same-day appointments are limited. The scheduler will ask you some specific questions to help us match you with the best clinician for your appointment and to ensure that we have sufficient time to address your most pressing needs and concerns.
Tips for students and other visitors to UHC who identify as LGBTQ+
For many folks, talking to a healthcare provider about your health and body can be intimidating. You may be asked questions that can be difficult to discuss, such as your family health history and your own health history and behaviors, including use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, sexual behavior, and interpersonal violence.
You might feel uncomfortable answering some questions or unsure how the provider will respond to your concerns. However, being able to communicate with your healthcare provider about your health and concerns is critical for them to provide you with the highest quality and most accurate care. Your healthcare provider should be able to give you straightforward, nonjudgmental feedback and guidance about your body and wellness, but they have to start with the whole picture! We hope to cultivate a space where you feel comfortable sharing, where your concerns are heard, and your needs are met. If this is not the case, please let us know how we can do better by using our feedback form.
All UHC services are confidential by law. See Confidentiality for details.
Prepare for your visit:
Lots of people get nervous and their minds go blank in health care situations, so it may be helpful to prep a little. You can make the best use of your time by writing down questions and bringing them to your visit. Our Terps Ask page may help you get started.
Keep your own documentation:
Maintaining copies of your health information is a good way to take ownership of your body, wellbeing, and health care. Keep a record of what happened at each visit plus anything you want to follow up on.
Give us your feedback:
Your feedback matters! Did you have a great appointment and want to specifically acknowledge an awesome provider or service? Did you leave without fully understanding your diagnosis or prescription? We want to know! Every feedback form is reviewed to help us determine ways to improve our services, procedures, and quality of care. If you choose to include your name and a means to contact you, we will follow up with you as needed. Please use this feedback form to initiate this process.
Especially for trans and genderqueer folks
Our electronic medical record system has a place in your file to note your “sex”, “gender identity” (which includes: male, female, transmale, transfemale, transgender, gender non-conforming, and other identity not listed), and “sex assigned at birth.” Your provider or appointment scheduler can work with you to utilize these fields to best represent your authentic identities. This is very important to reduce the chance of an insurance claim being rejected. If you are confused about this process, please ask your provider to clarify what is on file to ensure more effective insurance coverage.
The University Health Center can initiate hormone therapy and provide medical management for patients on stable hormone regimens. This is a specialty service that is offered to undergraduate and graduate students.
- If you are seeking assistance managing your current hormone regimen, please call Penny Jacobs at 301-314-8190.
- Read more about initiating hormone therapy at the University Of Maryland Health Center.
Gender-Neutral Restrooms in the Health Center
Single stall, gender-neutral lockable restrooms are located in all of the hallways on the first and second floors of the Health Center. Gender-specific multi-user restrooms are centrally located on the ground floor and second floor.
LGBTQ Health & Wellness Resources
Our goal is not to re-invent the wheel but, rather, to invite you to explore the many wonderful resources already in existence, nationwide. Please peruse this section for more information on LGBTQ sexual health, in addition to information on LGBTQ general health and wellness. If you don’t see what you specifically looking for or have a resource that you think could be helpful to add to our list, feel free to contact the Sexual Health Programs Coordinator & University Health Center LGBTQ Liaison, Jenna Beckwith Messman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-314-8130. Additionally, you may ask any LGBTQ health-related question anonymously through The Fenway Institute Ask the LGBTQ Expert Column.
Lesbian & Bisexual Women’s Health & Wellness
Gay& Bisexual Men’s Health& Wellness
Transgender Health & Wellness
Boston's Fenway Transgender Health Program has a comprehensive website with several links available for general Transgender health and wellness, information on transitioning, links for support groups, glossaries of terms, and more.
LGBTQ Campus Resources:
Bisexual Resource Center (BRC)
PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians And Gays)
- About the University Health Center
- Health Insurance
- Frequently Asked Questions: Insurance
- Clinical Services
- Mental Health Services
- Health Promotion & Wellness Services
- Student Involvement
- New & Transfer Students
- CARE to Stop Violence
- Faculty & Staff Services
- For Parents