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On-Campus Health-Related Resources 

University Counseling Services

UCS offers individual counseling for LGBT students, and all students, designed to assist with the coming-out process. Counseling services also offers couples counseling to same-gender and different-gender couples. In addition, this office provides staff support for events such as National Coming Out Day and sponsors an annual pizza party, welcoming graduate and professional students to the University. The event, held in August, allows students to meet faculty, staff, and students who are LGBT and allies. To schedule an appointment or for emergencies, call 216.368.5872.

University Health Service

Services are provided to students of Case Western Reserve, the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine. There is no charge for any visit for a registered student at Case Western Reserve, CIA, CIM, and OCPM. Even if you didn't take the Case Student Medical Plan, you can still see us without charge. To schedule an appointment, call 216.368.4539; and we will arrange a convenient time for you to be seen. If you have an emergency problem, we will work you in the same day. For emergency problems after normal business hours, call 216.368.2450; and follow the instructions on the message.

Transgender Health Care Benefits for Students

Aetna Student Health Benefits Summary

Medical Coverage

Precertification Program call 1.877.850.6038

Women's Clinic

This clinic is staffed by nurses, nurse practitioners, a health educator, and physicians (Family Medicine and Internal Medicine) all of whom share an interest in Women's Health. They offer annual pelvic exams, Pap smears, and a variety of birth control options. Call 216.368.2453.

Local Health-Related Resources

LGBT Pride Clinic at the Thomas F. McCafferty Health Center

MetroHealth's Pride Clinic at the McCafferty Health Center is the first clinic in the region and one of only 12 health centers in the country devoted to serving the health needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. 

Center for LGBT Care

Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Care officially opened at the Chagrin Falls Family Health Center in April and Lakewood Family Health Center in June. Embedded in a primary care practice, the center provides care for all patients in a safe and welcoming environment. It includes providers who understand the health needs of LGBT patients, and access to specialists with expertise in LGBT care.

James Hekman, MD specializes in LGBT health and co-chairs Cleveland Clinic’s Gay and Lesbian Employee Resource Group. Dr. Hekman helped design the center and has moved his internal medicine practice to Lakewood.

AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland

The AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland provides a compassionate and collaborative response to the needs of people infected, affected by, and at risk of HIV/AIDS. This is accomplished through leadership in prevention, education, supportive services, and advocacy. 3210 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio, 44115.
Call (216) 621-0766

The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center

The LGBT Center will have Outreach Specialists, Vanessa or Alex, in the space on Mondays, 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.. They are a confidential resource for students, faculty, and staff on topics ranging from intimate partner violence to different types of abuse. Learn more about the work of the CRCC at CWRU.  

The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (CRCC) is a social change agent dedicated to serving all survivors and those supportive of them at any point following their experience of sexual violence through superior direct services and advocacy, education and training, and activism. 1370 Ontario St., Suite 420; Cleveland, Ohio, 44113; 216.619.6194; 24-Hour Hotline: 216.619.6192

The Free Clinic

The Cleveland Free Clinic is a free-standing outpatient medical, dental, and mental health center dedicated to the belief that healthcare is a right and not a privilege. 12201 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio, 44106; 216.721.4010

The Lake Effect Free Alternative LGBTQ Health Clinic

Lake Effect Clinic offers free Massage, Reiki, Herbal Medicine, foot care and Acupuncture once a month to Cleveland area LGBTQ residents at the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland 6600 Detroit Ave. Please contact Lake Effect at for more information. 


Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is an all-volunteer, non-profit self-help organization founded nationally in 1981. A local chapter began meeting in Akron in 1983, and the Cleveland chapter was founded in 1985. We are an inclusive group composed of family members, friends, and individuals who are straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. 216.556.1701

TransFamily of Cleveland

Founded to provide support and education for transgender persons, their families, friends and significant others. We are associated with PFLAG to promote awareness of transgender persons and their issues. We are also associated with SSAFE, to bring awareness to our school systems, through their principals and counselors, by offering literature, speakers, consultation and support. 216.691.4357

National Health-Related Resources

Advocates for Youth

Information and Support for LGBTQ Youth - provides a wealth of information and resources on many issues, including coming out, STI's AIDS, and other FAQ's and fact sheets. Growing up LGBT can be difficult. Advocates for Youth is working to change these issues through advocacy, support, community, and information.

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association

GLMA is a national organization committed to ensuring equality in health care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals and health care professionals. GLMA achieves its goals by using medical expertise in professional education, public policy work, patient education and referrals, and the promotion of research. The site contains a lot of information and has an on-line referral database.

LGBT Health Channel and Fenway Community Health of Boston have aligned to create the LGBT Health Channel, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender-related consumer health care community. In addition to being a nationally recognized leader in HIV research and care, Fenway Community Health has provided medical and mental health care for the LGBT community of Boston for 30 years.

National Coalition of LGBT Health

The National Coalition of LGBT Health is committed to improving the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and communities through public education, coalition building and advocacy that focus on research, policy, education and training.


Information about transgender health, including transition-related care as well as general healthcare.

Healthy Bodies, Safer Sex

A comprehensive guide to safer sex, relationships, and reproductive health for trans or non-binary people and their partners. 

RAD Remedy

RAD Remedy's mission is to connect trans, gender non-conforming, intersex, and queer folks to accurate, safe, respectful, and comprehensive care in order to improve individual and community health. Website includes a search function of all different kinds of medical practitioners that are LGBTQIA safe.