LGBTQ Health Care Services | NYC Health + Hospitals

LGBTQ Health Care Services

NYC Health + Hospitals is committed to empowering Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) New Yorkers to live the healthiest life possible. Our health system provides responsive, compassionate, and respectful care in a welcoming environment.

How We Care For You

NYC Health + Hospitals was the first U.S. public health care system to mandate LGBTQ training for all staff members in 2011.

Twenty-two of our facilities have earned the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s designation, “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” in 2015, 2016, and 2017. To earn this, facilities must train staff in LGBTQ health care, have LGBTQ-responsive policies, and make those policies available to the public and staff.

NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan, a pioneer in LGBTQ medical and psychosocial care, offers a variety of services through its LGBT Health Center, including services for women’s health; men’s health; gender transition; hormone therapy; HIV and STD prevention, screening, and treatment services; adolescent care; social work and behavioral health services; and general primary care.

For information and appointments, call 212-423-7292 or email metlgbt@nychhc.org

Gender-Affirming Surgery

NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan offers gender-affirming surgery on the chest, also known as “top surgery.” Feminizing top surgery can involve breast implants or breast augmentation. Masculinizing top surgery can involve a mastectomy, or removal of breast tissue.

Currently, Metropolitan offers top surgeries to transgender and gender non-conforming patients, who meet criteria defined by their insurance plans and their medical providers.

To make an appointment for a consultation, call 212-423-7292.

NYC Health + Hospitals’ facilities with the “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” designation include:

NYC Health + Hospitals/ Bellevue NYC Health + Hospitals/ Jacobi
NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Belvis NYC Health + Hospitals/ Kings County
NYC Health + Hospitals/ Carter NYC Health + Hospitals/ Lincoln
NYC Health + Hospitals/ Coler NYC Health + Hospitals/ McKinney
NYC Health + Hospitals/ Coney Island NYC Health + Hospitals/ Metropolitan
NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Cumberland NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Morrisania
NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, East New York NYC Health + Hospitals/ North Central Bronx
NYC Health + Hospitals/ Elmhurst NYC Health + Hospitals/ Queens
NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health, Gouverneur (includes adolescent services) NYC Health + Hospitals/ Sea View
NYC Health + Hospitals/ Gouverneur NYC Health + Hospitals/ Sydenham
NYC Health + Hospitals/ Harlem NYC Health + Hospitals/ Woodhull

LGBTQ Patient Information and Resources

The following is a brief list of our LGBTQ-responsive policies and resources for our patients:

LGBTQ Services at NYC Health + Hospitals

Patient and Resident Bill of Rights

Visitation Policy: Patients have the right to designate any visitors, including a spouse, domestic partner, a same sex domestic partner, another family member or a friend. NYC Health + Hospitals does not restrict, limit or otherwise deny visitation privileges based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability. All visitors designated by the patient or support person where appropriate shall enjoy visitation privileges that are no more restrictive than those that immediate family members would enjoy. Patients may withdraw or deny consent to visitation to anyone at any time. Visitation hours may vary by facility.

Health Care Proxy Form

NYC Single-Sex Facility Policy (Executive Order 16) and Commission on Human Rights Legal Enforcement Guidance

NYC Health + Hospitals Plan to Enhance Equitable Care

MetroPlus Health Plan’s LGBT Resource Guide and Information on Coverage

LGBTQ Community Resources

LGBTQ Health Information


Contact Us

For more information about our unique LGBTQ health care or any other LGBTQ-related issues, please email: lgbtq@nychhc.org.

NYC Health + Hospitals provides advanced and sensitive LGBTQ health care services at select hospitals and neighborhood health centers. We have full wellness teams in every borough with extended hours that fit your busy schedule, dedicated to serving you and your family from the very first visit. Learn more about our extended hours.

Find a hospital or a neighborhood health center near you.

NYC Health + Hospitals provides high quality health care to all New Yorkers, regardless of their ability to pay. But we’ll also help you find health insurance if you need it. Click here to learn more about MetroPlus, our affordable and comprehensive health insurance plan.

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