Transgender Health

People of transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) experience often face widespread discrimination and misunderstanding from health care providers. As a consequence, many persons of transgender experience do not have safe access to primary and preventive healthcare.

Callen-Lorde provides a trans-affirmative environment where patients can receive hormone therapy as well as engage in an ongoing relationship with a primary care provider and/or a mental health provider to address the full spectrum of health and wellness needs.

Callen-Lorde also provides Care Coordination tailored for patients of transgender experience that need additional support. Our Care Coordinators offer information, assistance and referrals regarding benefits and entitlements, including insurance, housing, and referrals to other supportive services.

Trans Health Services include:

  • Primary Care
  • Chest/Breast Health
  • Hormone Care
  • Pelvic Wellness Exams; PAP Tests
  • Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Screenings & Treatment
  • HIV/AIDS Testing, Treatment & Prevention, including PrEP and PEP
  • Harm Reduction Counseling
  • Care Coordination
  • Supportive Services, including our MMI (Me, Myself & I) Program

Trans Health Resources

Pronouns Matter!

Callen-Lorde offers many resources to our TGNC clients and staff including pronoun stickers accessible at every front desk. Check out our video highlighting the Pronouns Matter campaign and see how the use of a person’s correct pronoun can lead to a more welcoming, safe and respectful atmosphere for everyone.

Callen-Lorde’s Transgender Health Hormone Protocols

Developed by a panel of internal experts along with fellow peers and leaders in the fields of Transgender health, Callen-Lorde’s Transgender Health Hormone Protocols details the guidelines for the provision of hormone therapy. Targeted to educational organizations as well as medical and mental health providers, the protocols outline the process, benefits and risks of hormone therapy, as well as consent forms and other useful resources.

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Correcting your NY, NJ and Federal Identity Documents: A Quick Guide…

This guide was designed to help you make changes to your gender markers (the “M” or “F” sex designation) on your identity documents (photo IDs, Birth Certificates, Social Security Card, etc.). You will need a legal name change to correct your name on any of these documents. For information on how to change your name, please find instructions here: NYC Residents, NYS Residents, NJ Residents, and CT Residents.

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Medical Emergency Planning Tips for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People

If you are transgender and/or gender non-conforming, it’s important to plan for unforeseen medical emergencies. Here is a list of helpful tips you can use if you need to go to the Emergency Room.

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Trans/Gender Non-Conforming People and PrEP: What You should Know

PrEP is a once-daily medication to prevent HIV infection. This is one of many tools to keep yourself protected against HIV. Questions about PrEP? This is for you!

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Safer Binding, Tucking and Silicone

Binding, tucking and silicone are just three ways that TGNC people may choose to use to aid in their gender expression. Learn the do’s and dont’s in our helpful brochure series.

Finding your Voice

Interested in changing how you sound to affirm your gender expression? Download our helpful brochure here.

Gender Confirming/GRS Surgeon List and Resources

Callen-Lorde encourages patients to research the credentials and qualifications of providers they are considering for any procedure. Inclusion of a surgeon on this list is in no way an endorsement or recommendation by Callen-Lorde.

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NYC-Metro Area Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) Community Resources

This is a guide to community organizations and social and supportive services in the NYC-Metro area that are either known to have experience working with TGNC people, or who offer unique services that some in our community might need. However, the presence of an organization here does not mean that it will be a safe referral for all TGNC people. If you have any concerns, it is always a good idea to bring a friend or other supportive ally with you.

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