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Services for LGBTQ+ Students

UChicago Student Wellness is committed to providing inclusive, affirming, and culturally competent services and support to our students. We strive to ensure that our services are comprehensive, accessible, and welcoming to students. Student Wellness staff are highly skilled, diverse, interdisciplinary team with various staff members who identify as LGBTQ+ and who have expertise and experience working with LGBTQ+ students. All of our staff are committed to supporting the diverse health and wellbeing needs of our LGBTQ+ and gender expansive communities in a variety of ways.

We understand that students have unique and diverse intersectionality of identities, experiences, and needs. As such, we engage in continuing education trainings for updated information and terminology as well as ongoing consultations to continuously develop our services and practices. LGBTQ+ students may seek our services for a variety of reasons, such as questioning or exploring sexual orientation or sexuality, assistance with the coming out process, body image or eating issues, sexual health concerns, and considering gender transition. Throughout your time at UChicago, we are here for you.

Medical Services

  • Preventive, primary care, and co-located medical services that include:
    • Primary care and support for students considering gender transition
    • PrEP HIV Prevention counseling and prescribing, including daily and on-demand regimens
    • Vaccinations for HPV, Mpox, hepatitis A, and meningococcal disease
    • Counseling, screening, and treatment for sexually transmitted infections
    • Contraception consultations
    • Support for students with diverse gender identities for weight or eating disorders
  • UChicago Student Wellness partners closely with consultants and experts from across the UChicago Medicine campus (UChicago Medicine Trans CARE) to provide access to the following specialized LGBTQ+ medical services:
    • Endocrinology and surgical expertise for students seeking assistance in trans feminizing and trans masculinizing hormone and surgery therapies, as well as fertility preservation and voice services
    • Infectious diseases clinic for anal health, including Pap smears and colposcopies

Mental Health Services

  • In addition to all our regular counseling and psychiatric services for an array of mental health concerns, compassionate care is available for students who are:
    • Experiencing oppression or microaggressions regarding their identities
    • Exploring their gender identity or experiencing gender dysphoria
    • Have concerns regarding their dating, romantic relationship(s), and interpersonal dynamics
    • Navigating challenging family and community dynamics
    • Questioning or exploring sexual orientation, sexuality, and sexual identity
    • Seeking assistance with the coming out process
  • Caring case management services to assist students to connect to community referrals and resources as needed, such as Howard Brown, The Center on Halsted, Live Oak, and IntraSpectrum
  • Group therapy and support spaces for LGBTQ+ students

Campus and Community Outreach

  • Partnerships with campus offices, such as LGBTQ+ Student Life within the Center for Identity + Inclusion to support LGBTQ+ students through educational workshops, panels, and other programming.

Additional Health and Mental Health Resources

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