LGBTQ+ Care & Resources
The UF Student Health Care Center is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status. To that end, we strive to provide students the right medical care and advice related to their individual bodies and perspectives.
- Further understanding of heteronormativity and homophobia, and how it affects everyone;
- Further understanding of what it means to be an ally to the LGBTQ community; and
- Increased awareness and understanding of current LGBTQ issues.
Services for transgender students
Transgender students seeking hormone therapy may receive treatment at the SHCC (Infirmary Building, 280 Fletcher Drive).
- Call 352-392-1161 and press “3” to access scheduling. If you are new patient who has never been seen at the SHCC, or you do not know the name of your medical team, press “1” to establish care. All others may press “2”.
- When scheduling your appointment, please let the SHCC know you are seeking “transgender care” to be routed to the appropriate medical staff member. During the appointment your medical provider will discuss treatment options.
- We encourage you to contact your insurance company ahead of your appointment to learn what services will be covered and which may have patient responsibility attached to them. Please feel free to contact SHCC Patient Financial Services if you would like assistance contacting your insurance about coverage: 352-273-4546.
- Bring your UF ID, insurance card and list of questions for your health care provider to your appointment.
The online Trans Resource Network, hosted by LGBT Affairs, includes a myriad of resources for transgender individuals. As part of the initial stages of the network, physicians, nurse practitioners and the pharmacy manager of the center worked with Reilly-Owen Clemens, J.D. and other campus representatives to create a training program for the SHCC’s medical, nursing and secretarial staff.
LGBTQ+ health and other resources
Please note that the opinions and information offered by the following organizations are presented in their original format, without independent review.
- Gay & Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA): GLMA’s mission is to ensure equality in health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans individuals and health care providers.
- ItsPronouncedMetrosexual.com: It’s Pronounced Metrosexual is a site where advocates of social justice can find helpful articles, fun graphics and other resources designed to be shared in an effort to advance social equity. The Genderbread Person v2.0 is an infographic that breaks down gender identity, gender expression, biological sex and sexual orientation into an easy to understand visual.
- LGBTQ Affairs: LGBTQ Affairs strives to educate, advocate and support LGBTQ+ people and issues at the University of Florida and in the Gainesville community. Through student-centered programming, outreach, community building and advocacy, we are committed to creating a safe and developmentally supportive and affirming campus-community for students, staff, faculty, and alumni of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions.
- Trans Resource Network: The main goals of the Trans Resource Network are: Increasing visibility of trans-specific and trans-relevant resources, forms, and educational materials by creating a central information hub accessible from the comfort of home; Increasing access to campus resources by ensuring up-to-date information and helping identify departmental staff experienced in assisting trans-identified students; Increasing trans inclusiveness by facilitating inter-departmental programming, issue identification, feedback / data gathering, and policy review; Increasing trans-competency across campus by providing opportunities for continuing trans education and by performing data-driven assessments of trans issues and concerns; and Facilitating gender exploration and development by putting students in touch with a network of professionals on and off campus trained and experienced in assisting both those who wish to transition and those who do not.
- National Coalition for LGBT Health: The Coalition is committed to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals through federal and local advocacy, education, and research.
- Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays of Gainesville (PFLAG Gainesville): PFLAG is a newly formed chapter of PFLAG, the nation’s foremost family-based organization committed to the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people.
- Pride Community Center of North Central Florida: Pride, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, provides information on local and national efforts and events with a focus on the members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) population.
- SexPositive App: It’s difficult to predict when you may need access to sexual health information. With SexPositive, judgement-free information about STIs, safety, communication tips and healthy advice are available on your smartphone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Sexual Trauma/Interpersonal Violence Education (STRIVE) at GatorWell: STRIVE is a peer education group comprised of a diverse group of UF graduate and undergraduate students overseen by GatorWell Health Promotion Services. Through STRIVE, peer educators are involved in outreach, education, and advocacy initiatives related to the prevention of interpersonal violence. STRIVE educates, inspires, and empowers UF students to actively participate in creating a campus community that is free from interpersonal violence; seeks to promote individual and community accountability; and works to challenge beliefs and behaviors that encourage rape, sexual assault, relationship violence/abuse, harassment, and other forms of violence.
- Title IX at UF: The University of Florida has zero tolerance for illegal discrimination or harassment, sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in any educational program or activity that receives financial support from the Federal government. Under Title IX, discrimination based on sex includes sexual harassment, sexual violence and sexual assault. Title IX also prohibits retaliation against individuals who complain about or participate in an investigation regarding an alleged Title IX violation.
- Trans Student Educational Resources: Queer and trans organizers have been making the distinction between gender identity, gender presentation / expression, sex, and attraction for decades, and TSER’s The Gender Unicorn truly represents this intersectionality.