At Included Health, we support the LGBTQ+ community

LGBTQ+ Resources

Included Health is committed to raising the standard of care for everyone. Our team is following the recent anti-LGBTQ+ policies coming out of places like Texas and Florida closely—and we know many of our members are, too.

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LGBTQ+ INCLUDED RESOURCES

Every person deserves the right to be supported for who they are and access to affirming and culturally competent care. Our team cares deeply about affirming, supporting, and connecting our community to the resources that help us not just live but thrive.

As always, we want to make sure you have access to safe, culturally competent teams that recognize there’s nothing wrong about gender-affirming and queer-affirming care. If your company has Communities as a benefit, you can reach out to our queer and trans-led care coordinator team for all the same LGBTQ+-affirming resources, guidance, and support for you and your family that we offer year-round.

RESOURCES FOR TEXAS AND FLORIDA

WHAT’S GOING ON IN TEXAS?

  • The Texas state attorney general Ken Paxton called gender-affirming healthcare for trans youth “child abuse” and subsequently, state governor Greg Abbott ordered the Texas department of family and protective services (DFPS) to conduct an investigation into parents and professionals who provide gender-affirming care.

WHAT’S GOING ON IN FLORIDA?

  • The “Don’t Say Gay” Bill (HB 1557) has passed the State House and is onto the State Senate — and if it becomes law, it would prohibit any teaching instruction in schools about sexuality or gender between kindergarten and third grade “or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.”

Other states with anti-trans legislation:

  • In Idaho, HB 675 will have a committee hearing on March 4, 2022. The bill would criminalize providing gender-affirming treatment to trans youth.
  • In Alabama, SB 184 has already passed the State Senate and would similarly criminalize providing gender-affirming treatment.

You can track anti-trans bills here by state, with convenient legislature contact info.

Helplines that can provide immediate support.

FOR PARENTS AND QUEER AND TRANS PEOPLE IN TEXAS AND FLORIDA

Although our care coordinators are not available for crisis support, there are resources for queer and trans people who need it.

If you need crisis support, here are some resources:

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1 (800) 273-8255 and chat option
  • Trans Lifeline: (877) 565-8860 (not 24 hours, but staffed only by trans people, provides trans peer support that is divested from police, run for and by trans people, with support available by phone and online.)
  • Trevor Project’s LGBTQ+ Lifeline: 1 (866) 488-7386 OR text START to 678-678
  • Blackline: 1 (800) 604-5841 (24/7 crisis line prioritizing BIPOC, and providing a space for peer support, counseling, witnessing and affirming the lived experiences to people who are most impacted by systematic oppression with an LGBTQ+ Black Femme Lens)
  • The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Youth Talkline (youth serving youth through age 25) is available at 1-800-246-7743 and offers both telephone and online private one-to-one chat and email peer-support, as well as factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the U.S. They also offer a moderated chatroom for trans teens ages 19 and younger on Thursday and Fridays 4-7pm Pacific.
  • GSA's or Gay Straight Alliance -is a student-led or community-based organization, found in middle schools, high schools, colleges, and universities. These are primarily in the United States and Canada.

WHAT SUPPORTS AND RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE FOR YOUTH?

If you’re a member with our LGBTQ+ services at Included Health, we can help you find more local resources if you submit a care request.

General Support and Resources:

  • TrevorSpace is an affirming international community for LGBTQ young people ages 13-24. 
  • Gender Spectrum offers a variety of free online support groups for trans, non-binary, and gender expansive people. They offer groups for all ages and families of trans* people. 
  • LGBTribe is a peer-to-peer support group for LGBT individuals with a variety of ways to engage, including live chat and forums. 
  • Scarleteen offers LGBT+ inclusive sex education for teens and emerging adults, along with articles and information about gender, relationships, sexual health, consent, and much more. 

In Texas:

  • OutYouth – offers a Gender Identity group for ages 12-18, and Wellness Check-Ins for any LGBTQIA+ Texas resident (a non-emergency single counseling session to process new life changes/the new reality we’re in)
  • Texas GSA Network (Gender and Sexuality Alliance Network) – connects and empower LGBTQ+ youth leaders and allies statewide so they can fearlessly be themselves while making schools safer for everyone. 
  • TENT (Transgender Education Network of Texas) – dedicated to furthering gender diverse equality in Texas through education and networking, striving to halt discrimination through social, legislative, and corporate education. 
  • Texas Health Action funds and runs the Kind Clinic in Austin, which offers free sexual health services in a safe and supportive environment regardless of race, creed, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation or ability to pay, with an expertise in serving LGBTQ+ people and people impacted by HIV. Also offers TeleKind virtual visits for HIV care, HIV prevention, and Gender Affirming care.
  • Resources for Transgender Youth in Texas through ACLU of Texas, or you can become an advocate for Transgender Youth in Texas. 

In Florida:

WHAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE FOR PARENTS?

 

WAYS TO HELP NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE

You can always call your legislators and speak up against harmful legislation in your state.

LGBTQ+ FAQ

What can providers do to help?
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Where can I find informed consent clinics, health advocates, or legal support near me?
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What can I do to take care of my health right now?
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  • Make your mental health a priority. Having your dignity debated by elected officials can have a profound effect on your mental health and well-being. Reach out to support groups and get involved in your community. You are not alone. Click here to help find a LGBT center near you.
  • Have a conversation with your primary care provider about what steps are next for you in your care.
  • See list below to get in contact with neighboring informed consent clinics
Where can I learn more about trans health?
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