Caring for the LGBTQ+ Community

At NYU Langone Health, we provide a welcoming environment for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning (LGBTQ+). Our providers and staff strive to offer equitable care to all, while also acknowledging and respecting the specific needs of the LGBTQ+ community and their loved ones.

NYU Langone Health has been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) Report, a certification that acknowledges the work of medical facilities that are providing equal healthcare access to LGBTQ+ Americans. The HEI certification, which NYU Langone Health has received six years in a row, is obtained through an annual survey that evaluates a healthcare provider’s nondiscrimination policies and staff training, patient services and support, employee benefits and policies, and patient and community engagement. On these criteria, NYU Langone earned a perfect score of 100.

NYU Langone Staff at LGBTQ Pride March in New York City

We follow the best practices in LGBTQ+ healthcare and follow standards of care provided by GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality and WPATH: World Professional Association for Transgender Health.

Our Commitment to the LGBTQ+ Community

We provide healthcare, treatment, and services to all regardless of a person’s sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression. This policy is part of the NYU Langone Patient’s Bill of Rights, which also prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, source of payment, or age. If you are a patient in the hospital, our guest policy ensures that your partner and family may visit you.

We also abide by New York City’s LGBTQ Health Care Bill of Rights, which affirms your right to privacy and confidentiality. We support your right to choose who can make medical decisions for you in case you are unable to do so for yourself, and can assist with advance directives and establishing a healthcare proxy.

At NYU Langone Health, we abide by NYC Commission on Human Rights and respect your right to be addressed by your chosen name and pronouns.

Your Medical Care

Primary care services are available at many of our locations. Please tell your doctor which name and pronoun you prefer. We encourage you to build a relationship with your healthcare provider and to schedule annual physicals. Your doctor can advise you what preventive screenings and medical tests are recommended for you.

In addition to well visits, services provided by our doctors include:

  • preventive healthcare, including immunizations and screening for breast cancer, cervical cancer, and rectal cancer
  • mental health screenings and treatment
  • treatment for hepatitis and liver disease
  • HIV prevention and testing
  • pre- and post-HIV exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

NYU Langone is a leader in gender-affirming surgery and transgender care. Through our Transgender Surgery Services, we provide surgical care as well as urologic care, OB/GYN services, voice therapy, and mental health services for people who are transitioning.

Our Gender and Sexuality Service and Adolescent Medicine Program, both part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, offer sensitive care and support for transgender, gender-nonconforming, and gender-diverse children and their families.

The NYU Langone Fertility Center provides a full range of fertility services for members of the LGBTQ+ community, including family planning services, reproductive endocrinology, donor eggs, donor sperm, and gestational carriers.

LGBTQ+ Advisory Council

Our LGBTQ+ Advisory Council includes advocates from across the NYU Langone community, including physicians, nurses, administrators, educators, and staff. Council members are dedicated to creating an environment of inclusion, acceptance, equality, and healing for patients, employees, and students who identify as LGBTQ+ as well as their friends and families.

Council members are professionals who patients and staff can turn to for support. They advocate for inclusive policies, create opportunities to build community, and lead educational efforts around LGBTQ+ health. For more information on our LGBTQ+ Advisory Council, please contact #outtoheal@nyulangone.org.

LGBTQ+ Patient Liaison

At NYU Langone Health, our LGBTQ+ patient liaison manager is dedicated to meeting the specific needs of this community. For more information , please contact Kevin Moore at lgbtqpatientliaison@nyulangone.org.