Below you’ll find a short list of organizations around the DC area that offer a variety of health services tailored to the LGBTQ community. This is by no means an exhaustive list. If you would like to see us partner with organizations to provide health services at our events, please email Patrick Herr at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Casa Ruby is the only LGBTQ bilingual and multicultural organization in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area that provides social services and programs catering to the most vulnerable in the city and surrounding areas. Since Ruby Coronado arrived in D.C almost 30 years ago, her drive and dream was to bring resources to historically underserved and under-resourced communities in order to create more success stories for transgender and queer folks. Today, Casa Ruby provides more than 30,000 social and human services to more than 6,000 people each year.
The Capital Area Food Bank is the anchor of the hunger relief infrastructure in our region, providing more than 30 million meals to people in communities across D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. They work with 450+ nonprofit partners across the region, providing more than 30 million meals every year. They approach food insecurity in multiple ways: providing food for today and addressing the root causes of hunger by partnering with organizations that provide critical services like job training programs and health care.
Food & Friends strives to improve the lives and health of people with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other serious illnesses that limit their ability to provide nourishment for themselves. They prepare and deliver specialized meals and groceries that are designed to meet the medical and dietary needs of each of their clients, provide nutritional counseling and wellness education that enhances their clients’ quality of life, and create a strong sense of community for both their clients and volunteers that reduces the social isolation that often comes with serious illnesses.
The high cost of living in the nation’s capital area forces many families who are struggling to make ends meet to choose between spending money for food, or on other basic needs such as housing and healthcare. Food for Others has been helping many of these families and is an important part of Northern Virginia’s safety net for those needing food when an emergency strikes and for the growing number of working poor who need to supplement their inadequate food supplies. This year alone they have been able to serve 1,855 households weekly.
SMYAL supports and empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the Washington, DC, metropolitan region. Through youth leadership, SMYAL creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to build self-confidence, develop critical life skills, and engage their peers and community through service and advocacy. Committed to social change, SMYAL builds, sustains, and advocates for programs, policies, and services that LGBTQ youth need as they grow into adulthood.
SOME is an interfaith, community-based service organization that exists to help and support residents of our nation’s capital experiencing homelessness and poverty. SOME offers a variety of services, including affordable housing, counseling, addiction treatment, and job training. In addition, SOME helps meet immediate daily needs by providing food, clothing, and healthcare to those in need.
Our mission is to be the highest quality, culturally competent community health center serving greater Washington’s diverse urban community, including individuals who face barriers to accessing care, and with a special expertise in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) and HIV care.
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. They also provide 24/7 support to everyone via phone, text and coming soon Facebook Messenger.
The first and only housing program in Washington, DC that is solely dedicated to offering pre-independent living services to homeless LGBTQ youth ages 16-24. The services include long-term transitional living, case management, educational guidance and support, job training and support service referrals.
Incorporated in 1988, UHU is a community-based AIDS organization dedicated to reducing HIV infection in the Black community in the District of Columbia and the metropolitan area. Our programs and services include: HIV Counseling; Testing; STI (Sexually transmitted infections) screenings; Behavioral Health Services; Case Management; Support Groups; and HIV Risk Reduction Interventions. We specialize in programs for black gay and same gender loving men.
The Women’s Collective meets the needs of low income women, girls and families living with/or at risk for HIV/AIDS and other STDs by addressing the social determinants of health and health disparities they face, reducing barriers to care and services, strengthening networks of support in order to improve health outcomes and quality of life over their lifespan.
The DC Health and Wellness Center offers STI and HIV testing and partner counseling and referrals.
La Clinica del Pueblo is a non-profit, federally qualified health center that serves the Latino and immigrant populations of the Washington, DC metro area. Our goal is to provide culturally appropriate health services, focusing on those most in need. Our services include: Patient Services, Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services, Interpreter Services and Community Health Action
The DC Center educates, empowers, celebrates and connects the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. They focus on four core areas: health and wellness, arts and culture, social and supportive services and advocacy and community building. They offer a variety of programs, but also have programs tailored to harm reduction support groups for substance abuse and tobacco cessation programs.
Substance use disorders have a greater effect on LGBTQ+ people than on the heterosexual population. The LGBTQ+ community must overcome several obstacles, including being denied substance abuse treatment because of their sexual identity. However, through the proper understanding and accommodation of LGBTQ+ care principles, substance abuse treatment can be successful.
Alcohol addiction is a disease that changes the way the brain works. It causes negative emotions, impulsive behavior, cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Treatment for alcohol addiction includes supervised detox, counseling and therapy, and support group participation.
Alcoholism is a very serious problem for the LGBTQ community, but increasing awareness and numbers of treatment options mean that help is out there.
Stay happy and healthy, Stonewall!