LGBTQ+ Inclusive Care

Whether you’re looking for LGBTQ inclusive primary care or gender-affirming surgery, we want you to feel safe, welcome and affirmed at Main Line Health. 
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About LGBTQ+ care at Main Line Health 

For our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary and queer or questioning (LGBTQ+) neighbors, we provide primary and preventative services through our Inclusive Care program. Our clinicians have undergone specialized training to provide highly compassionate, competent care to meet the unique needs of the LGBTQ+ community. We want you to feel safe and affirmed for who you are, no matter your gender identity or sexual orientation.

While surgery is not a part of everyone's goals or transition, gender-affirming surgeries can be an important part of the journey for some transgender and gender-expansive people. If you have any questions surrounding gender-affirming services, our specialists are here for you.

Our gender-affirming surgeon follows guidelines for safe and effective surgery set forth by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) in its Standards of Care for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People. An important first step in the care of surgical patients is understanding a person's goals for surgery and then developing an appropriate plan that’s personalized and feels right for you.

Find the care you need

Main Line Health's LGBTQ+ Care experts offer services you or your loved ones may need, including:

Inclusive primary care

  • Adult primary care
  • Gender-affirming hormone therapy for all ages, including puberty suppression
  • Fertility care and family planning
  • HIV care, testing and prevention
  • Voice therapy/vocal training
  • Laser hair removal

Gender-affirming surgical care

  • Facial feminization
  • Thyroid cartilage reduction (tracheal shave)
  • Chest (top) surgery
  • Vaginal construction/vaginoplasty
  • Body contouring
  • Orchiectomy
  • Voice and pitch surgery

Mental Health and substance use support services

LGBTQ+ health and wellness resources

Please explore this list of resources if you or a loved one is seeking support and wellness options:

American Psychological Association

The APA's Office on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity is committed to ongoing efforts to bring together new policy and advocacy work in LGBTQ+ health disparity areas — both in government agencies and the non-profit healthcare community to address these issues.

Centers for Disease Control - LGBT Health

In addition to considering the needs of LGBTQ+ people in programs designed to improve the health of entire communities, there is also a need for culturally competent medical care and prevention services that are specific to this community. Social inequality is often associated with poorer health status, and sexual orientation has been associated with multiple health threats. These pages provide information and resources on some of the health issues and inequities affecting LGBTQ+ communities.

GLMA - Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality

GLMA's mission is to ensure equality in health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals and health care providers. Through the expertise of its members and in collaboration with other LGBTQ+ civil rights and health organizations as well as with health associations and policy-makers at all levels, GLMA is a major force in the effort to ensure the health and well-being of LGBTQ+ individuals and families. 

National Alliance on Mental Illness - Find Support for LGBTQ+

The LGBTQ+ community faces mental health conditions just like the rest of the population. However, you may experience more negative mental health outcomes due to prejudice and other biases. Knowing what challenges you may face as a member of the LGBTQ community and how to find and work with LGBTQ-inclusive providers can help ensure more positive outcomes.

PFLAG

PFLAG reaffirms that unity and inclusion and a shared commitment to human dignity of all people are critical to fight discrimination and bigotry in any form so that all families can live free of fear. We commit to fight for fairness inclusive of people’s sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, socioeconomic position, religion, level of mental or physical ability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or any other perceived or actual characteristic. 

The Fenway Institute

The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health works to make life healthier for those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, people living with HIV/AIDS and the community at large. The Fenway Institute is an interdisciplinary center for research, training, education and policy development, focusing on national and international health issues. Its mission is to ensure access to quality, culturally competent medical and mental health care for traditionally underserved communities, including LGBTQ+ people and those affected by HIV/AIDS.

The National LGBT Cancer Network

The National LGBT Cancer Network works to improve the lives of cancer survivors and those at risk by educating the LGBTQ+ community about its increased risks and the importance of screening and early detection; training health care providers to offer more culturally competent, safe and welcoming care; and advocating for LGBTQ+ survivors in mainstream cancer organizations, the media and research.

World Health Organization (WHO) - HIV/AIDS Topics

This section contains comprehensive information on key topics related to the work of the WHO HIV Department, including HIV in key populations. You’ll also find resources about prevention and treatment, such as HIV testing, post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

William Way LGBT Community Center

The William Way Community Center seeks to encourage, support and advocate for the well-being and acceptance of sexual and gender minorities through services, recreational, educational and cultural programming. The center serves the LGBTQ+ community of Philadelphia and its allies 365 days a year. From social groups, networking events and counseling and support services to art exhibitions and cultural experiences, the Center consistently strives to provide new and innovative LGBTQ+ programs in Philadelphia.

World Professional Association for Transgender Health

This is a non-profit, interdisciplinary professional and educational organization devoted to transgender health. Its mission is to promote evidence-based care, education, research, advocacy, public policy and respect in transgender health. Its professional, supporting and student members engage in clinical and academic research to develop evidence-based medicine and strive to promote a high quality of care for transsexual, transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals internationally.

Coming out to your provider

Having open conversations with your doctor allows them to understand your health goals and health information, so they can provide you with personalized care.

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Gender Care program

Our gender care program provides both surgical and nonsurgical gender-affirming care to improve the overall health of transgender and gender-expansive people.

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