How Duke Health Supports the LGBTQ+ Community
Duke Health values diversity. We’ve taken many steps to better care for you through these actions and others:
- Training doctors to provide high quality, knowledgeable LGBTQ+ specific patient care.
- Ongoing training for staff to ensure they’re culturally proficient in meeting the needs of LGBTQ+ patients and ensuring that all patients are treated with dignity and respect.
- Adapting early the gender identity designation in electronic health records.
- Establishing Duke Family Medicine Center as an LGBTQ+ Patient-Centered Medical Home.
- Offering pronoun stickers for Duke ID badges help to reduce misgendering and make our patients and their families feel safer and more welcome.
- Becoming recognized by the Human Rights Campaign as a Health Equality Index leader in LGBTQ+ rights.
- Providing funding, space, and support for the Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Life.
- Establishing an LGBTQ+ affinity group to support the LGBTQ+ community, its friends, and advocates.
LGBTQ+ Health Services
Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, and Duke Raleigh Hospital are recognized as LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leaders by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for perfect scores across areas of patient-centered care, support services, and inclusive health insurance policies for LGBTQ+ patients.
Routine Health Care Services
Our hospitals and clinics focus on culturally sensitive and knowledgeable care for all patients, which starts with routine services like annual physicals, home visits, behavioral health, and more. If you’re pregnant or planning to be, we provide low-risk prenatal care, including one-on-one and group prenatal support, as part of an LGBTQ-affirming practice at the Duke Family Medicine Center. The Duke Fertility Center also offers a comprehensive program for LGBTQ+ couples who wish to conceive.
Our doctors provide personalized, gender-affirming therapy for adults and children. Comprehensive care starts with establishing goals with your provider, and we offer consultation services with psychologists, surgeons, obstetricians, and more. Our teams don’t perform gender-affirming surgery, but do provide hormone therapy.
The Duke Family Medicine Center specializes in primary care needs for the LGBTQ+ community. Transgender patients receiving treatment with Adult Gender Medicine may be referred by doctors to other specialties across the health system for additional treatments, including providers in endocrinology or plastic and reconstructive surgery.