LGBTQ+ Health Program

LGBTQ+ Health Program


Jefferson's LGBTQ+ program is all about providing help for those in our region, whether that's for members of the community who need assistance, or for allies and advocates who want to learn more. One of the key tools to this is accessing a variety of valuable resources that provide vital information when it comes to things like LGBTQ+ rights, community wellness and so much more.

Office of LGBT Affairs: Created in 2008, this city-wide program aims to aid in making sure LGBTQ+ citizens have equal living and working rights. Their resources include transitioning at work, with guides for both the employer and the employee.

Mazzoni Center: Focused on providing comprehensive health and wellness for those in the LGBTQ+ community, the Mazzoni Center offers healthcare (including gender affirming services and STD/HIV testing), counseling, support groups, legal services and community outreach, including events.

LGBT Elder Initiative: With a mission to assure "that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults have rights and opportunities to live vibrant, creative and mutually supportive lives," this initiative provides news, resources guides and much more.  

QSPACES: Find an LGBTQ+ friendly doctor or therapist in your region with this easy-to-use app, that is available on both iOS and Google Play nationwide.

William Way LGBT Community Center: Giving help to the community 365 days a year, this center provides necessary services, including peer counseling, recovery meetings, employment resources, trans programs and sponsorship opportunities.

Glenn Sykes Video Library: The Sykes Video Library provides a collection of videos of past LGBT Elder Initiative programs, including Conversations and programs offered through the HIV & Aging series. The Sykes Video Library is made possible through the generous contribution of donor Glenn Sykes.

Coping During COVID-19: A Resource Guide for Philadelphia's LGBTQ+ Community (PDF): The City’s Office of LGBT Affairs have compiled updates, resources and critical information related to COVID-19 in Philadelphia. Residents, business owners and service providers can use it to stay up to date on the evolving public health situation.

Educational Resources

Jefferson's LGBTQ+ program aims to not only provide information and help to patients and the community at large, but to healthcare providers and students as well. For those hoping to learn more about what makes for an LGBTQ+-friendly healthcare environment, these educational resources provide the tools necessary to give patients the care, respect and safety they need.   

Creating an LGBTQ+-friendly practice: The American Medical Association's detailed guide to ensuring LGBTQ+ patients feel safe and welcome includes the importance of doing things like having customized intake forms and listing one's practice in The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA).

National LGBT Health Education Center: Provides consultation and educational programming to healthcare organizations that want to provide high-quality and low-cost care to their LGBTQ+ patients.

GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ+ Equality: The world's largest association of LGTBQ+ healthcare professionals works towards providing health equity for them and all LGBTQ+ individuals. Resources include helping people find a provider, a healthcare equality index, a physician survey project and more.  

GLMA: Cultural Competence Webinar Series: Open for anyone to explore, this free, archived series is broken down into three parts: Understanding the Health Needs of LGBT People, Creating a Welcoming and Safe Environment for LGBT People and Families, Clinical Skills for the Care of Transgender Individuals.  

The Joint Commission: Advancing Effective Communication, Cultural Competence, and Patient- and Family-Centered Care for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Community: A Field Guide: A detailed and informative breakdown of issues such as leadership roles, provision of care for patients and community engagement.

APA LGBT Resources and Publications: From the American Psychological Association, a variety of informative and helpful tools, including LGBTQ history, marriage and family issues, policy and advocacy and more.

APA Style and Grammar Guidelines for Bias-Free Language: Sexual Orientation: Particularly helpful for healthcare providers, students and journalists, this resource breaks down proper terms for sexual orientation, inaccurate or perjorative terms and how to use bias-free language.

PT Proud: A free educational resource for PTs and PTAs who want to know more about the best treatment options for LGBTQ+ patients.