LGBTQ+ Pride Month is celebrated every June to honor the 1969 Stonewall riots and works to achieve equal justice and opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning Americans. LGBTQ+ Veterans have access to a wide array of services offered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, from health care to home loans. Additionally, some LGBTQ+ Veterans may be able to receive discharge upgrades that would make them eligible for these services.
There is an LGBT VCC at every facility to help Veterans get the care they need. Find a facility at https://www.patientcare.va.gov/LGBT/VAFacilities.asp.
Learn about health risks and talking to a provider about sexual orientation identity, birth sex, and self-identified gender identity in the fact sheets below.
Learn about the resources and support available for Veterans who have faced challenges related to coming out as a person with a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or related identity.
- Coming Out to Your Health Care Provider
- Lesbian, Gay Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Service Members and Veterans
- How to Apply for a Discharge Upgrade
Stories from Veterans: https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/89324/lgbt-veterans-describe-va-care-provide-advice-others/