Gender Health

Supporting LGBTQ youths

March 11, 2019

Supporting LGBTQ youths

By uclahealth uclahealth

For LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer) youths, supportive environments are the best buffers against stressors. The support of family members is especially protective — being valued by family members helps kids learn to value and care for themselves. But rejection by family members is a known contributor to poor mental health. Negative health […]

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Tags: bisexual, gay, gender expression, lesbian, LGBTQ, queer, transgender, UCLA Health EMPWR Program


Proud of UCLA

June 14, 2018

Proud of UCLA

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I always say Pride is my favorite holiday,” says Cathlin Rood, a clinical researcher in hematology and oncology at UCLA Health. “Pride celebrates everything that is good about humanity. When I got the email that UCLA was going to march in the parade, I immediately responded. Knowing that my workplace is supportive of every lifestyle […]

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Tags: CLA Gender Health Program, hematology and oncology, LGBTQ, LGBTQ community, Pride parade, researcher


June 14, 2018

EMPWR-ing LGBTQ Youth

By uclahealth uclahealth

“We volunteered at the Pride fair last night and handed out a lot of swag at the UCLA Health booth,” says Dr. Natalia Ramos, pictured right, a child psychiatrist within the UCLA Department of Child Psychiatry. Liz Ollen, pictured left, a child psychology doctoral student adds, “We’re really excited that UCLA Health is part of […]

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Tags: child psychology, Dr. Natalia Ramos, LGBTQ children, LGBTQ community, LGBTQ young adults, LGBTQ youth, mental health, UCLA Department of Child Psychiatry


Urology is Fab-U-lous

June 14, 2018

Urology is Fab-U-lous

By uclahealth uclahealth

“We are here celebrating pride and diversity because UCLA Health is inclusive and is totally fabulous,” says Dr. Mark Litwin, professor and chair of UCLA Urology. Laura Baybridge, executive chief administrative officer for the UCLA Department of Urology and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, says, “UCLA Urology is now able to offer gender-affirmation surgeries to […]

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Tags: diversity, Dr. Mark Litwin, featured, gender-affirmation surgeries, LGBTQ, LGBTQ community, Pride parade, UCLA Gender Health Program, UCLA Urology


'The Energy is Crazy'

June 14, 2018

‘The Energy is Crazy’

By uclahealth uclahealth

“This is UCLA Health’s first inaugural event at Pride and marching in the Pride parade,” says Christopher Mann, program coordinator for the UCLA Gender Health Program. “We’re here to support our patients who identify as LGBTQ, but we’re also here for our staff and employees as well. We have 130 people here from various departments […]

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Tags: gender diverse, LGBTQ, LGBTQ community, Pride parade, transgender, transgender community, UCLA Gender Health Program


Just Be U

June 14, 2018

Just Be U

By uclahealth uclahealth

“I’m really proud of my mom,” says 13-year-old Alina Newman, enjoying being part of the Pride parade. Alina’s mother, Dr. Amy Weimer explains, “I direct the UCLA Gender Health Program. I think UCLA has done a tremendous amount this year to improve services for the LGBTQ community and its visibility, and I want the community […]

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Tags: Dr. Amy Weimer, LGBTQ, LGBTQ community, UCLA Gender Health Program


Exploring the impact of HIV/AIDS on black women

November 16, 2017

Exploring the impact of HIV/AIDS on black women

By Enrique Rivero enriquerivero

The impact of HIV/AIDS on black women has received little attention over the years, which has prompted Gail Wyatt to try to do something about it. Wyatt, a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, and an associate director of the UCLA AIDS Institute, recently helped […]

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Tags: African American women, AIDS, black women, Gail Wyatt, HIV, mental health, reproductive health, Semel Institute, sexually-transmitted infections, STDs, STIs, testing


September 27, 2017

Someone finally sees who I am

By DivaD divadarya

It’s taken me a long time to accept myself. Twenty years ago, when I finally began the process, it was almost impossible to get insurance companies to pay for trans related care of any kind. Around 2002, I intuitively and stubbornly began to do whatever I could to confirm what I already knew about who […]

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Tags: blood pressure, breast augmentation, Dr. Amy Weimer, Dr. Jessica Bernacki, estrogen, gender health, health insurance, hormone treatment, laser hair removal, LBGQT, LBGTQ, patient stories


September 27, 2017

The UCLA Gender Health Program Rules!

By Asa asagreene

I found The Gender Health Program when I was referred by my surgeon to get a pre-op examination. I was nervous at first, because going to the doctor can be really stressful when you’re transgender. However, the program was so nice and cool! Everybody was really respectful and made sure I was comfortable, and Dr. […]

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Tags: Dr. Amy Weimer, LBGQT, LBGQT Community, patient stories, pre-op examination, surgeon, The Gender Health Program, transgender, transgender-friendly care provider


A college woman's guide to feminine health

August 15, 2017

A college woman’s guide to feminine health

By Amy Albin amyalbin

Heading off to college is an exciting time for young women moving away from home for the first time. Living with roommates, making new friends and juggling classes are all part of the experience. This new sense of independence should also include taking charge of one’s own health, says Dr. Aparna Sridhar, an assistant professor […]

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Tags: birth control, bladder, campus life, college, Dr. Aparna Sridhar, feminine health, good hygiene, gynecology, HPV, HPV vaccine, LGBTQ, menstrual cycles