All About Our Pronouns at Chase Brexton Health Care

It’s Pronoun-palooza at Chase Brexton Health Care! Our centers are honored to serve nearly 4,000 gender-diverse children, adolescents, adults, and elders. In creating a welcoming, affirming care environment, using the appropriate name and pronoun for every patient is non-negotiable. In that spirit, our LGBT Health Resource Center is leading an internal campaign about the importance of correct pronouns in patient care. Using the patient’s chosen name and appropriate pronoun isn’t just good manners – it’s good health care. Demonstrating respect by seeing someone as the whole person they are is the basis of a therapeutic relationship. The cost of being […]

Back-To-School Guide for LGBTQ Students

Back-to-school can be an anxious time for many LGBTQ youth, who may expect to face bullying, humiliation, and discrimination at school. Though the atmosphere for LGBTQ students has improved greatly in the past decade, school can still be a rough place to spend your day. In the 2017 National School Climate Survey, national LGBTQ student advocacy group GLSEN found that 90% of Maryland students heard homophobic, biphobic or transphobic slurs at school. More than half of queer and gender diverse high school students had been verbally harassed, a quarter were physically harassed, and 10% had been physically assaulted. When our […]

On National Health Center Week, Honoring the Role of Community Health Centers in LGBT Care

Though LGBTQ folks have made enormous leaps in legal protections and decreasing cultural stigma, that progress is deeply uneven across identity and geography. Many people in our communities still struggle to find a health care provider who shows us respect and understands our needs, and community health centers serve a special role in meeting those needs. And we do have specific needs – for example, lesbian and same-gender-loving women are at higher risk for breast cancer, but get routine screenings far less frequently. Transgender care is a whole field of specialty unto itself, and providers are almost never equipped with […]