Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Veteran Care
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VHA) is committed to providing quality care to all Veterans including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Veterans. Excellent care has no boundaries.
Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center seeks to promote the health, welfare, and dignity of LGBT Veterans and their families. We are committed to making sensitive and high quality health care accessible. Our policies and practices focus on ensuring a safe, welcoming, and affirmative environment of care for LGBT Veterans. Our employees receive training in clinically competent care that is responsive to the unique needs of LGBT Veterans.
On June 12, 2020, the Health and Human Services (HHS) rule on Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act removed nondiscrimination protection of transgender people in healthcare within HHS agencies and programs, which means that healthcare protections are now based on the sex identified at birth according to this rule.
Please know that VHA remains unaffected by this change and continues to serve all LGBT Veterans who have served. Your healthcare is our priority, and your right!
Also, a new 6:3 Supreme Court ruling affects all employers (to include the VA). Sexual orientation and gender identity are now protected by sex discrimination policies and statutes. It is now illegal to fire someone due to their LGBT or related identity. The VA is currently and will continue to be a welcoming and affirming place to work for LGBT individuals.
Please contact your LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator for more information.
LGB Veteran Health: http://go.va.gov/LGB
Transgender Veteran Health: http://go.va.gov/Transgender
LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator (VCC) Program
As of March 2016, each VA facility has a local LGBT Veteran Care Coordinator (VCC) who is appointed by their facility leadership. The VCC is responsible for promoting best practices for serving LGBT Veterans and connecting LGBT Veterans to services.
To learn important information about the unique health risks of LGBT Veterans, download these relevant fact sheets. Here you can also find information about relevant services offered by VA.