LGBTQ Health Resources

Find health information relating to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer communities.

Resources at Henry Ford

Henry Ford provides the following resources:

  • Transgender health services. Our transgender health team offers comprehensive and affirming healthcare for transgender patients, including primary care, gender-affirming hormones and more.
  • pride employee resource group logoPRIDE Employee Resource Group (ERG). The purpose of PRIDE ERG is to serve as an advocacy group for LGBTQ Henry Ford Health System employees and our local communities. We are dedicated to fostering an inclusive and diverse culture for our patients, employees, business partners and the communities we serve to ensure we provide you with individualized care that is designed “All for You!”

National and Local Resources

  • Support Groups

    Oakland County

    Affirmations Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People
    290 West Nine Mile Road Ferndale, MI 48220
    Fax: (248) 541-1943

    Affirmations Support and Discussion Groups
    (248) 398-7105 ext. 233

    Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays - Detroit
    Royal Oak, MI 48068
    Main Phone: (248) 656-2875

  • Runaway/Youth Shelters

    Common Ground - Sanctuary Youth Shelter
    751 Hendrie Royal Oak, MI 48067
    Intake 24-Hour Line: (248) 547-2260

    Ruth Ellis Center
    77 Victor Street
    Highland Park, MI 48203
    Administrative Offices: (313) 252-1950
    Second Stories (313) 867-6936
    Fax: (313) 865-3372

    The Ruth Ellis Center (REC), incorporated in 1999, is a youth social services agency with a mission "to provide short-term and long-term residential safe space and support services for runaway, homeless and at-risk lesbian, gay, bi-attractional, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth." As LGBTQ youth continue to be disproportionately affected by homelessness, the Ruth Ellis Center remains dedicated to ensuring that these vulnerable youth and young adults receive the services and inherent protections available to all citizens. While the Center emphasizes serving LGBTQ youth who are often ostracized, shamed and denied services by other agencies, no youth, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, is turned away or denied services.

  • National/Local Health Resources

    National Coalition for LGBT Health
    The Coalition is committed to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals through federal advocacy that is focused on research, policy, education, and training.

    GLMA: Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
    GLMA's mission is to ensure equality in health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and health care providers.

    AIDSource offers access to a comprehensive collection of HIV/AIDS-related resources reviewed and selected by expert information specialists and librarians. AIDSource was developed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to ensure that those seeking information about HIV/AIDS have a source of quality reviewed current content. In 2005, it was linked to AIDSinfo to make access easier for users of both sites. The mission of AIDSource is to serve as a reliable source for easy access to HIV/AIDS-related information both within and outside of the federal government. Resources included on the AIDSource website are organized by both topic of interest and audience, and are available in English and Spanish.

    CDC Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health
    People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) are members of every community. They are diverse, come from all walks of life, and include people of all races and ethnicities, all ages, all socioeconomic statuses, and from all parts of the United States. The perspectives and needs of LGBT people should be routinely considered in public health efforts to improve the overall health of every person and eliminate health disparities. These pages provide information and resources on some of the health issues and inequities affecting LGBT communities. Links to other information sources and resources are also provided. Some of this information is designed for members of the general public.

    Lakeshore Legal Aid

    Not-for-profit law firm, Lakeshore Legal Aid, offers a wide range of free civil legal services to low-income people and seniors in 46 Michigan counties. Examples of the types of legal matters we handle include, but are not limited to, divorce, custody, child support, food stamps, Medicaid, Disability, Social Security, senior exploitation- both financial or physical abuse, landlord tenant, mobile homes, eviction, foreclosure, land contracts, small estates, guardianship/conservatorship, probate law, domestic violence, stalking, personal protection orders, expungement.

    For intake and to speak with an attorney, call the toll-free Counsel and Advocacy Law Line (888) 783-8190

    Monday - Thursday: 9 AM to 6 PM
    Friday:  9 AM to 3 PM.

    National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce: Health & HIV/AIDS Page
    The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. The Health & HIV/AIDS page includes a list of LGBTQ health-related reports and press releases. The National LGBTQ Task Force advances full freedom, justice and equality for LGBTQ people.

    SAGE Metro Detroit
    SAGE Metro Detroit was established in 2015. Its roots grew from the LGBT Older Adult Coalition, which was founded in 2010 and transformed into the SAGE Metro Detroit affiliate upon creation. SAGE Metro Detroit aims to build awareness and promote change so that LGBT older adults may age with dignity and authenticity.

    LGBT friendly calls
    SAGE of Metro Detroit has launched a new Friendly Caller Program (FCP) to help provide social connection and support to LGBT older adults. They match volunteer callers to older adults to make a minimum of three phone calls a week to see how things are going and have a brief conversation about hobbies and other interests. To find out more, call (248) 567-2363 or contact

    LGBTQ and Addiction
    The LGBTQ community is prone to substance abuse at a disproportionate rate compared to that of the general population. By entering a rehab center that specializes in LGBTQ addiction and care, you will feel like part of the majority rather than the minority, and be surrounded by individuals that can provide support and encouragement.  If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction, please contact us now.

  • Help Lines

    GLBT National Hotline
    (888) 843-4564

    Affirmations Helpline
    Avail. Tues-Sat 4-9pm
    (800) 398-4297
    TTY Line: (248) 677-7235

    Fenway Inst. GLBT Helpline
    (888) 340-4528

    Fenway Inst. Peer Listening Line
    (800) 399-7337

    Trevor Project Suicide Prevention Helpline
    (866) 488-7386

    NCAVP – National Coalition against Violence Programs
    (212) 714-1141

  • Contact Us
    LGBTQ Ombudsman
    Todd Roark NP
    Todd Roark, NP
    President, HFHS Pride ERG

    Henry Ford Health System is committed to providing care that is All For You! If you would like to share your LGBTQ patient care experience with us, or if you have any concerns about the care you received as an LGBTQ patient, please email our Care Experience Department.

LGBTQ Holidays/Observances

LGBTQ Health Awareness Week
Last week of March
International Transgender Day of Visibility March 31
Lesbian Visibility Day April 26
Harvey Milk Day May 22
LGBTQ Pride Month
National Bisexual Visibility Day
September 23
LGBTQ History Month
National Coming Out Day
October 11
Transgender Day of Remembrance
November 20
World AIDS Day
December 1
Meet our Transgender Health team
Learn more about our services for transgender patients.

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