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I have seen these at the VA but just found them on-line. It outlines the VA LGBT Care.

 

I plan on taking a copy of the Trans female one to my next appointment.  The page also has links to the national policy and for those who are having trouble with their VA medical center, A national contact.

 

LGBT care

 

Kymmie

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Good info have here!  Since it is more recent than the other info, I am going to pin this in the forum.

 

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This was found when I had to find a VA medical center because I didn't get my meds in time before I left. I had to verify my eligibility. In the process the lady asked me what gender I  identify as. Of course I said female. 

 

I suggest anyone who is having problems with their PCP or anyone at their VA medical facility. To contact the facility LGBT coordinator, each has one. 

 

Kymmie

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I can relate my own personal experience with the VA. For me they've been really helpful, recommended  (sometimes even loaned) books that were helpful. My therapist at the VA even recommended this site to me.

I'm told they closely follow the WPATH standards, adhering to the most up to date version. That means going forward based on "informed consent" among other things.

So far, my experience has been very good.

I would encourage any other veterans who have been "hanging back" out of fear to speak up and seek out the LGBTQ support counselor at their local facility. If the facility doesn't have one, check with Mental Health and request a referral.

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The VA will provide HRT. They will not perform most surgery of interest to trans people. There may be a fine line that can be crossed for orchiectomy, but that would require reasons other than (I believe) a desire to transtion.

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I try to post up relevant information for us as veterans. My gyn told me that they may perform an  orchiectomy. Because it may help with hormone therapy, which they do provide.

 

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That's good news. And example of variances within the VA, as I was told they would not do surgery except in the case of some cancers.

But that's a a good point - that it "helps" with hormone therapy. I may come back to them with that as a question. Thanks!

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On 12/28/2018 at 2:22 PM, KymmieL said:

This was found when I had to find a VA medical center because I didn't get my meds in time before I left. I had to verify my eligibility. In the process the lady asked me what gender I  identify as. Of course I said female. 

I suggest anyone who is having problems with their PCP or anyone at their VA medical facility. To contact the facility LGBT coordinator, each has one. 

Kymmie

I like my… well I’m not sure if he’s the LGBT coordinator or a transition counselor… but he’s awesome. I told him that he and endocrinology were the only ones using my correct name and pronouns (despite him adding them to the top of my file). 
 

His response was “Well… I’ll just schedule a facility-wide retraining then.” 🤭

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On 9/11/2019 at 8:33 AM, KymmieL said:

I try to post up relevant information for us as veterans. My gyn told me that they may perform an  orchiectomy. Because it may help with hormone therapy, which they do provide.

Kymmie

I would love that. I’m beyond ready to be rid of them.

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3 hours ago, Phoenix said:

I like my… well I’m not sure if he’s the LGBT coordinator or a transition counselor… but he’s awesome. I told him that he and endocrinology were the only ones using my correct name and pronouns (despite him adding them to the top of my file). 
 

His response was “Well… I’ll just schedule a facility-wide retraining then.” 🤭

I have had a couple clinics I go to refer by my given name. 2 yrs ago I did the recertification on my Bipap. Where I was called by my given name even though I was dressed as a female. OH, Well.

 

Kymmie

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2 hours ago, KymmieL said:

I have had a couple clinics I go to refer by my given name. 2 yrs ago I did the recertification on my Bipap. Where I was called by my given name even though I was dressed as a female. OH, Well.

Kymmie

Yeah, it’s a process. I still need to get my finger prints done so I can send them to my lawyer to get the process of my name and gender marker change started.

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