LGBTQ Health & Sexuality Resources
The Rainbow Terrapin Network awarded the University Health Center’s:
- Jenna Beckwith, Sexual Health Program Coordinator: Advocate for Equity
- Penny Jacobs, Family Nurse Practitioner: Trans* Advocacy Award
for their commitment to LGBTQ quality healthcare and inclusion.
We know that visiting a health care provider can be stressful for anyone, but for some of us, that feeling can be magnified because of fear of discrimination or being misunderstood.
The University Health Center is committed to providing caring, quality, 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 or urgent care, women's health services, exploring alternative medicine, 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.
The University of Maryland at College park scored a 5 out of 5 on the LGBT friendly Campus Climate Index National Assessment Tool. Check out our score and how it was determined, here.
On this page:
- Tips for students and other visitors to UHC who identify as LGBTQ
- Especially for Trans and gender-queer folks
- Gender-Neutral Restrooms in the Health Center
- LGBTQ Health & Wellness Resources
- LGBTQ Campus Resources
- National LGBTQ Resources
- Contact Us
We invite you to talk openly and honestly with UHC staff. When you make an appointment, we will ask you questions that will help us match you with a clinician and ensure that you will have enough time during your visit to get your needs met. We hope you will feel comfortable to disclose enough information to our appointment schedulers so they can best help you.
During your visit, you may be asked questions that could be hard to discuss, so you may want to prepare in advance to answer questions that are relevant to your reason for visit, which may include your family health history and your own health history and behaviors, including use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, sexual behavior, and domestic violence. The clinician's request for sensitive information is part of the UHC experience for all patients/students when establishing a professional working relationship, regardless of an individual's sexual orientation/gender identity, in order to provide the best services and care for each person.
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, health and health care. Keep a record of what happened at each visit plus anything you want to follow up on.
Give us your feedback:
We hope that you have a good experience when you come to UHC. We invite you to tell us about your experience, because feedback provides us an important learning opportunity and helps us determine ways to improve our services and procedures as well as recognize where we are doing good work (and should keep doing it)! We address all complaints, and the more specific you are, the better we will be able to fix the problem. If you choose to include your name and a means to contact you, we will follow up with you. You can provide feedback online; your feedback will be shared with appropriate staff.
Although your gender identity may not fit neatly into any "gender" box, many health care practices and insurance benefits depend on how the gender box is marked. We recognize that this can be a point of frustration, but please understand that UHC must operate within industry standards and practices. 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.” If you think it would be helpful to have these categories appropriately noted in your file, please ask the appointment scheduler that makes your appointment or your provider during your session.
For billing and reimbursement, it is important to understand that your selection of sex in the medical record needs to agree with the sex the payer (e.g. health insurance) has on file in order to avoid claim rejections. If you are confused about this process, please ask your provider to clarify what is on file to ensure more effective insurance coverage.
Penny Jacobs, a Family Nurse Practitioner, can provide medical management for patients on stable hormone regimens, however UHC cannot currently initiate hormone therapy. If you have any questions about hormone therapy, please call 301-314-8190 or email Penny directly at pjacobs@health,umd.edu (for confidentiality purposes, please note that depending on the specifics of the email, Penny may respond via secured message with whatever email address we have on file for you).
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.
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, feel free to contact the Sexual Health Program Coordinator & University Health Center LGBTQ Liaison, Jenna Beckwith 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.
- AIDS Response Fund
- Career Center, Special Populations
- Counseling Center, Rainbow Walk-In Hours
- Hamsa: LGBTQ Jewish Student Group
- LGBT Equity Center
- LGBT Student Involvement and Community Advocacy
- LGBT Studies Program
- Off-Campus Housing Services: General Information for LGBTQ Students
- Office of Diversity Education and Compliance
- 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
- The Pride Alliance for the Smith School of Business
- University Libraries LGBT Resource Guide
- 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
- Youth Resource: sexual health and exploring issues of concern to LGBTQ youth
Jenna Beckwith, University Health Center LGBT Liaison
Joan Bellsey, Faculty and Staff LGBT Liaison
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