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General Health Resources

Blue Cross Blue Shield LGBTQ+ Safe Zone Program

BCBS Safe Zone identifies a healthcare practice that provides safe, affirming, and inclusive care to the LGBTQ+ community. Providers must have training specific to the care of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, protection for patients and staff from discrimination based on gender identity or expression, gender neutral bathrooms, inclusive forms and procedures; and a public commitment to connecting with and serving the LGBTQ+ community.

Open Door Health: Rhode Island Public Health Institutes LGBTQ+ Health Clinic

Offers primary care and other preventative and sexual health services for the LGBTQ+ population, provides cutting-edge medical care in a respectful, accepting, and affirming manner.

Providence VA LGBTQ+ Veterans Information

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) welcomes all Veterans, families, caregivers, and survivor beneficiaries, including diverse gender identities and sexual orientations. “LGBTQ+” refers to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer identities.

The VA currently provides all medically necessary gender-affirming care to transgender Veterans with the exception of gender-affirming surgical interventions, due to an exclusion in the VA medical benefits package. The LGBTQ+ Health Program is pleased to share that in the summer 2021, VA will be initiating the rulemaking process to modify the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) to expand VA’s care to transgender Veterans to include gender-affirming surgery.

Fenway Health | Boston

Fenway Health advocates for and delivers innovative, equitable, accessible health care, supportive services, and transformative research and education. LGBTQ+ people, BIPOC individuals, and other underserved communities are centered at Fenway, to enable our local, national, and global neighbors to flourish.

Transgender Hormone Therapy | Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood is proud to provide a safe and welcoming place to get transgender/nonbinary hormone therapy. We offer services to transgender women, transgender men, and nonbinary people.

LGBT HealthLink

LGBT HealthLink, a program of CenterLink, is a community-driven national network of experts and professionals enhancing LGBTQ+ health by reducing health disparities within our communities.

LGBT Aging Center Rhode Island Resources

The National Resource Center on LGBTQ+ Aging is the country's first and only technical assistance resource center focused on improving the quality of services and supports offered to lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender older adults, their families, and caregivers.

SAGE Advocacy and Services for LGBTQ+ Elders

SAGE leads in addressing issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning and other self-identifying members of the community (LGBTQ+) aging. In partnership with its constituents and allies, SAGE works to achieve a high quality of life for LGBTQ+ older people, supports and advocates for their rights, fosters a greater understanding of aging in all communities, and promotes positive images of LGBTQ+ life in later years.

National LGBT Cancer Network

The National LGBT Cancer Network works to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ cancer survivors and those at risk by:

  • Educating the LGBTQ+ community about our increased cancer risks and the importance of screening and early detection
  • Training health care providers to offer more culturally-competent, safe and welcoming care
  • Advocating for LGBTQ+ survivors in mainstream cancer organizations, the media and research

5 Cancer Care Resources for the LGBTQ+ Community | Everyday Health

A cancer diagnosis for people in the LGBTQ+ community can be particularly daunting. These organizations can help.

What Transgender People Should Know About Cancer | Cancer Health

A lack of awareness about their unique health needs can also deter transgender people from being screened for certain cancers.

Trans Health Access | Thundermist Health Center

The Trans Health Access Team is a group of medical, behavioral health, and allied service professionals working to improve access to culturally and clinically competent healthcare for the trans community. Services include medical, dental, and behavioral health care, in a caring and compassionate patient centered medical home.

Gender and Sexual Health | Lifespan

We recognize that every patient is unique. We try to listen carefully to what is important to you, make sure you understand all the options for care, and help you decide what best meets your needs. We work with children, families, and young adults in ways that support choice and are sensitive to diversity. 

What is Gender Affirming Care? | Lifespan

Gender and sexuality are important aspects of everyone’s identity that are explored throughout development, especially during adolescence, and with the support of family. Current research suggests that, rather than predict or prevent who a child may become, it is better to value them for who they are now, even at a young age. This fosters secure attachment and resilience.

Sexual Health Resources

Adult Transgender and Sexuality Behavioral Health Program | Lifespan

The Adult Gender and Sexuality Behavioral Health Program focuses specifically on the behavioral health needs of adult gender diverse individuals, offering psychosocial support, behavioral health, and wellness services for anyone over 18 years of age who wishes to explore issues associated with their gender identity or sexuality.

AIDS Care Ocean State

ACOS is dedicated to providing quality housing, case management, medical and nursing care, and prevention to adults, families, adolescents and children who are affected by or at risk for HIV infection.

AIDS Project RI

APRI is dedicated to providing a compassionate, nonjudgmental, and collaborative response to the needs of people living with, affected by, and at risk for HIV/AIDS.

RIghtTime: RIDOH’s Sexual Health App

The RIghtTime app offers LGBTQ+ information, resources, and videos right at your fingertips 24/7 on topics like: Prevention, testing, and treatment of HIV/STDs, Free and low-cost sexual health services, Where to find free condoms, PrEP and PEP (medications to prevent HIV), Dating and healthy relationships, How to find a gay-friendly doctor, FAQs for gay/bi men, lesbians, and trans* people of all ages, Send an anonymous text or email to notify a partner to get tested, and a lot more!

Testing 1-2-3 | Providence

Getting a Test is as Easy as 1-2-3. Getting tested regularly for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV, and Hepatitis C is important for sexually active people and their partners. TESTING 1-2-3 puts you in control of your health.

Project Weber RENEW: Sexual Health Services, Transgender Outreach Team, Recovery Support, Harm Reduction

Through peer-led outreach, Project Weber/RENEW provides harm reduction and recovery support services, builds relationships with the people they serve, and fight for systemic change.

Staff of people in recovery, individuals who have engaged in sex work, immigrants, people of color, and LGBTQ+ community members who believe in the dignity, autonomy, and wisdom of our clients.

Trans Support Services: The Beyond program, which was named by clients and is short for “Beyond the Understanding of Gender,” provides support to trans, non-binary, and gender-diverse clients and offers a space to be in community with others who share these identities.

STI Screening, Treatment, and Counseling in Rhode Island | Lifespan

The Miriam Hospital STI Clinic, a program of The Miriam Hospital, provides quality, LGBTQ+ competent healthcare. Financial assistance is available.

Behavioral Health/Substance Abuse Resources

BHLink: 24/7 Mental Health/Substance Use Crisis Hotline and Walk-In Center

BH Link is a behavioral health facility that offering immediate assistance to people in crisis by providing innovative crisis intervention services and connecting to ongoing treatment and care.

Call 988 to learn more and connect with a BH Link trained crisis counselor. For walk-in behavioral health services, the BH Link Walk-In/Drop Off Triage Center is open 24/7 to connect people to immediate, stabilizing emergency behavioral health services and long-term care and recovery supports. BH Link is located at 975 Waterman Ave., East Providence, RI.

BH Link Triage Center: a 24/7 community-based walk-in/drop-off facility where clinicians connect people to immediate, stabilizing emergency behavioral health services, and long-term care and recovery supports

Youth Pride's Mental Health Providers List

This list serves as a starting point for identifying LGBTQ+ familiar mental health providers in Rhode Island. The providers on this list have either reached out to offer their services or have been recommended to us by consumers. This resource is not an endorsement, and you are encouraged to research any potential provider and be an active consumer in your health care. If you find information in this list that is of concern or out of date please email

Rhode Island Smokers Helpline (1-800-QUIT-NOW)

Quitting tobacco is a process. Whether you are thinking about quitting, are not yet ready to quit, or have already quit, Rhode Island Nicotine Helpline can help you with each step of the way. Free, Convenient, Safe and Secure.

Prevent Overdose RI | Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force

Data and helpful resources on overdose. Learn where to get naloxone, how to get into treatment and find events near you. 401-942-STOP (401-942-7867)

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project’s mission is to end suicide among LGBTQ+ young people. We provide LGBTQ+ youth with 24/7 crisis counseling via phone, text, and chat.

LGBTQ+ | Sojourner House

Did you know that domestic violence occurs at similar (or higher) rates among same-sex relationships? Transgender survivors are more likely to face threats/intimidation, harassment, and police violence as a result of intimate partner violence than any other group of people. At Sojourner House, we understand that people who are additionally marginalized, such as LGBTQ+ individuals, are more likely to experience domestic violence and/or sexual assault, and often have a harder time accessing services due to stigma, discrimination, lack of resources, and societal biases. Our program is designed specifically to address the needs of LGBTQ+/queer survivors and to provide trauma-informed affirming advocacy.

General Resources

The Fenway Institute

Engage and foster collaborations with diverse community and professional stakeholders; conduct and disseminate research; design and deliver education, training, and technical assistance; develop and promote empirically-supported public policies; and work to cultivate and nurture a multidisciplinary and diverse community of faculty and staff. Honoring the intersectionality of identities and lived experience and taking action to advance racial equity and social justice are central components of this commitment.

TGI Network of Rhode Island

Serving the needs of the transgender, gender diverse, and intersex (TGI) communities in Rhode Island and surrounding areas through support, advocacy, and education.

PFLAG Greater Providence

PFLAG, formerly known as "Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays," is a national support, education and advocacy organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and genderqueer or non-conforming (LGBTQ+) people, their families, friends and allies. With 200,000 members and supporters and local affiliates in more than 500 communities across the United States and abroad, PFLAG is the largest grassroots-based family organization of its kind. PFLAG is a non-profit organization and is not affiliated with any religious or political institutions.

Youth Pride Inc.

Youth Pride, Inc. is dedicated to meeting the unique needs of youth and young adults impacted by sexual orientation and gender identity/expression while working to end the homophobic and transphobic environments in which they live, work and play. Offering a drop-in center, in-home services, groups, professional development/training, and resources.

GLAD: Legal Advocates and Defenders

Contact GLAD for free and confidential legal information, assistance, and referrals.

LGBTQ+ Terminology and Definitions | PFLAG Safe Harbor Project

As with the acronym LGBTQ+, many terms exist that may arise in discussions about sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. The following is a partial list of definitions for common words and phrases used in association with LBGT.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health | Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBTQ+) are members of every community. They are diverse, come from all walks of life, and include people of all races and ethnicities, all ages, all socioeconomic statuses, and from all parts of the country. The perspectives and needs of LGBTQ+ people should be routinely considered in public health efforts to improve the overall health of every person and eliminate health disparities.

LGBTQ+ Youth | Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Most lesbian, gay, bisexual, (LGB) youth are happy and thrive during their adolescent years. Having a school that creates a safe and supportive learning environment for all students and having caring and accepting parents are especially important. Positive environments can help all youth achieve good grades and maintain good mental and physical health. However, some LGB youth are more likely than their heterosexual peers to experience negative health and life outcomes.

A collaborative hub of LGBTQ+ resources in the state of Rhode Island and beyond.