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LGBT / LGBTQI+ Friendly Medical Care

LGBTQIA Health | Last Active: Dec 22, 2021 | Replies (15)

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I noticed there are very few posts here, but I am wondering if there are recommendations on how to find a healthcare provider (HCP) who is LGBTIQ+ friendly and competent when you move to a new area? I moved to Rochester, MN recently and am excited about the potential of great medical care at Mayo facilities, but I want to work with providers who will be welcoming. This is especially important since I'm looking into making appointments with an OB/GYN -- my partner and I are looking into family planning options, which will be more complicated since neither of us produce sperm.

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Hi, Welcome to Mayo Connect. I have no first hand experience in this issue, so I have reached out to someone who does. She is reaching out to her wide network of friends and coworkers in an effort to find some suggestions for you, but it might take a few days for her to get back to me...

Hi doslovesdogs, welcome. I encourage you to seek care at Mayo Clinic. Here are a few articles that might be useful for you.
- Mayo Clinic named a ‘Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality’ by Human Rights Campaign Foundation https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-named-a-leader-in-lgbtq-healthcare-equality-by-human-rights-campaign-foundation/
- Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Barriers to care for LGBTQ community https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-qa-podcast-barriers-to-care-for-lgbtq-community/

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You and your partner are welcome. You may also wish to join the Fertility & Reproductive Health group here: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/fertility-reproduction-health/
Many of the members in this group have been to the Reproductive endocrinology and infertility clinic in Minnesota.