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 has been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) Report, a certification that acknowledges medical facilities where staff provide equal healthcare access to LGBTQ+ Americans. The HEI certification, which NYU Langone has received seven years in a row and recognizes all of our locations, 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.
We follow the best practices in LGBTQ+ healthcare and follow standards of care provided by GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ 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 sexual orientation, assigned sex at birth, or gender identity or expression. This policy is part of the NYU Langone Patients’ 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, we abide by the NYC Commission on Human Rights and respect your right to be addressed by your chosen name and pronouns.
Your Medical and Surgical Care
We provide primary and specialized care for the LGBTQ+ community, including gender-affirming surgical care. Please tell your healthcare provider the name and pronoun you use. You can also add this information to your NYU Langone Health MyChart account.
We encourage you to build a relationship with your healthcare professional and to schedule annual physicals. Your provider can advise you about what preventive screenings and medical tests are recommended for you. Primary care services are available at many of our locations.
In addition to well visits, services provided by our doctors include the following:
- 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 testing and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) treatment to protect against HIV
As a leader in gender-affirming surgery, our plastic and reconstructive surgeons, urologists, and gynecologists perform more than 550 surgeries per year. Our transgender health team also provides fertility preservation, hormone therapy, and rehabilitation care.
At our Gender and Sexuality Service and Transgender Youth Health Program, both part of Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, our pediatric experts offer sensitive care and support for transgender, gender-nonconforming, and gender-diverse children and their families.
The NYU Langone Fertility Center and NYU Langone Reproductive Specialists of New York provide a full range of care, including family planning services, reproductive endocrinology, donor eggs, donor sperm, and gestational carriers to help members of the LGBTQ+ community start a family.
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 #firstname.lastname@example.org.
At NYU Langone, Kevin Moore, our assistant director for LGBTQ+ clinical services, serves as patient liaison and is dedicated to meeting the specific needs of this community. For more information, please email email@example.com.