VA Portland Health Care System
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Veteran Care
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VHA) is committed to providing quality care to all Veterans inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) Veterans. Excellent care has no boundaries.
LGBT refers to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender identities. The ‘Q’ refers to queer identities, as well as those who are questioning their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. The + sign is meant to be inclusive of sexual orientations and gender identities beyond LGBT, including pansexual, asexual, agender, gender non-conforming, gender diverse, nonbinary, gender neutral and other identities.
VA Portland Health Care System seeks to promote the health, welfare, and dignity of LGBTQ+ Veterans and their families. We are committed to making sensitive and high-quality health care accessible. Our employees are prepared to provide personalized, patient-centered care in a safe, affirming, and welcoming environment.
VA Portland is committed to providing quality health care to all Veterans. The health care of Veterans who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning + identities should be culturally competent by responding to specific medical concerns and advancing practices with research and discovery. VA encourages LGBTQ+ Veterans and their families to be aware of their rights and VA policies.
VA Portland Health Care System LGBTQ+ Veteran Care Coordinators;
Aakash Kishore, Ph.D., Staff Psychologist (they/them or he/him):
Jill Friedman, Administrative Officer (they/them or she/her):
503-220-8262 ext. 50223
Click on this link for information about the Telehealth HIV and PrEP clinic...
...which provides the same quality care for Veterans living with HIV or Veterans prescribed HIV pre-prophylaxis (PrEP) medication as the face-to-face Infectious Disease clinic appointment, with the added benefit of no drive to Portland.
LGBTQ+ Veteran Care Coordinator (VCC) Program
Every VA facility has a local LGBTQ+ Veteran Care Coordinator (VCC) who can connect you with services and help you navigate specialized resources.
To learn important information about the unique health risks of LGBTQ+ Veterans, download these relevant fact sheets. Here you can also find information about relevant services offered by VA.