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:

  • Appointments
  • 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 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.


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 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

Lesbian& Bisexual Health: Frequently Asked Questions

Center for Disease Control: Lesbian and Bisexual Health

Ten things Lesbians should talk about with their health care providers

Health Issues for Lesbians: Tips to stay healthy

Information about STD’s, as they pertain to Lesbian Women

Gay& Bisexual Men’s Health& Wellness

Center for Disease Control: Gay& Bisexual Health 

Ten Things Gay Men Should talk about with their health care providers

Health Issues for Gay Men: Tips to stay healthy

HIV/AIDS among Gay, Bisexual, and other Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM)

Transgender Health & Wellness

Ten Things Transgender Persons Should discuss with Their Healthcare Care Provider

HIV/AIDS and Transgender Persons

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.

Answers to common questions about Transgender individuals and gender identity

I'm Trans. Do I need birth control?

LGBTQ Campus Resources:

AIDS Response Fund

Career Center, Special Populations

Counseling Center, Rainbow Walk-In Hours

LGBT Equity Center

LGBT Student Involvement and Community Advocacy

LGBT Studies Program

Off-Campus Housing Services: General Information for LGBTQ Students

Office of Diversity & Inclusion

oSTEM: Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Pride Alliance (Undergraduate Student Group)

Resident Life: Housing Options and Assistance for LGBT Students

Study Abroad: Sexual Orientation/LGBT

The One Project: First-Year Experience program for LGBTQ and Ally students

The President's Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues

University Libraries LGBT Resource Guide

National Resources

Answers to Your Questions For a Better Understanding of Sexual Orientation

Bisexual Resource Center (BRC)

Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA)

Human Rights Campaign (HRC)

Intersex Society of North America

It Gets Better Project

LGBT Campus Leadership

National Center for Transgender Equality

National Coalition for LGBT Health

National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians And Gays)

Planned Parenthood - Sex & Sexuality

Planned Parenthood - Sexual Orientation & Gender

Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL)

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS)

The Trevor Project: crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth

Whitman Walker Clinic - HIV/STI Testing 

Youth Resource: sexual health and exploring issues of concern to LGBTQ youth

Resources for Questioning Youth: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual