The Pride Center in Wilton Manors plays host to a bevy of resources for the gay community in South Florida. Funded by the Aqua Foundation for Women, the Tri-County LBT Women’s Health Initiative has created an on-line, searchable database for people and programs pertinent to women’s health. The Pride Center also collaborated with Women in Network, Sun Serve and Blast on the Initiative.
The on-line directory contains over 300 health care practitioners in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, including gynecologists, primary care physicians, and mental health professionals who work with LBT patients. The Initiative has a strict process to ensure that providers demonstrate cultural understanding of the gay community and their potential lesbian, bisexual and transgender patients. The user-friendly online directory also includes information on insurance accepted by providers, and free and low-cost health providers.
“The creation of a health directory for LBT women has been discussed for many, years in our community," says Aqua CEO Robin Schwartz. "Aqua Foundation for Women is proud to lead the charge to get it done and provide funding for this important work. “
Pride Center’s Deputy Director Kris Fegenbush is thankful for the monies from Aqua to make this vision a success.
“It’s been an honor to help organize this tri-county effort to provide this vital support resource for women's health," said Fegenbush. “We're collaborating with dynamic groups and leaders who have dedicated years of energy, passion and service to the health of LBT women. All of us are committed to improving access to healthcare for women. We all are thankful to Aqua for backing this vision with their dollars."
Women in Network President Denise Spivak say the forming of this directory will help LBT women seek out medical care.
“We’re a community that has historically not sought out medical care,” said Spivak. “It’s uncomfortable to go to a GYN and be called sir.” Spivak went on to say the reasons to not seek care, ranging from fear of revealing one’s sexuality to fear of rejection, still exist. “A lot of doctors don’t know how to care for a transgender person who is transitioning; this directory will ensure they get the care they need from a person who is sensitive to their needs.”
The main goal for this directory is for women to live full, healthy lives according to Schwatrz. “There is no doubt having access to the information provided in the directory will save lives."
View the directory at www.lbthealth.org.