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LGBTQIA+ Healthcare at UHS

University Health Services is committed to providing LGBTQIA+ students with quality, inclusive healthcare services.

At UHS, we understand that getting names and pronouns right is a way to contribute to our students’ wellbeing. Sometimes we make unintentional mistakes with your names and pronouns. We ask that you remind us so that we can do better.

UHS is dedicated to providing all students with affirming and effective healthcare. UHS medical providers have undergone training specifically related to LGBTQIA+ healthcare, and all UHS staff receive periodic training on providing all UT students an inclusive environment in which to receive quality care.

LGBTQIA+ is an incomplete acronym for queer and transgender communities, including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual individuals. You can read more about the definitions for each of these terms here, and find more campus-wide resources available to LGBTQIA+ students here.

Names and Gender Markers

At UHS

To update your name and gender in the UHS system, complete the following steps:

  • Log on to My UHS. You will need your UT EID and password.
  • Under Profile, click Edit next to “Preferred Name” and/or “Gender Identity.”
  • Input your name and select your gender from the drop-down menu. Current options for gender are female, male, transfemale/MTF, transmale/FTM, transgender, gender-nonconforming, different identity, and an option not to specify.

Please note that changing your name and specifying your gender will not change the legal name attached to your medical records or your name in the wider UT system.

At UT

Students can change the name listed on class rosters, grade sheets, the online student directory, TED, Canvas, and their UT ID card by making an appointment with the Gender and Sexuality Center. The GSC will submit a Preferred Name Change Form to the Registrar's Office.

Currently enrolled students can change their official gender marker by submitting a signed request for the change to the Registrar. Students who are admitted but not yet enrolled should submit their request to the Office of Admissions. The GSC provides detailed instructions on what must be included in the letter, as well as relevant contact information for the Registrar and the Office of Admissions. (Note: Currently, UT only allows students to select either male or female as their gender marker.)

You can read more about how to make official name and gender marker changes here.

Trans Healthcare Resources

Many medical expenses related to gender confirmation are covered by UT Austin's Student Health Insurance Plan. This includes charges for covered services for gender affirming surgery, including related services and supplies, as well as hormone replacement. These expenses will be payable the same as for any other health needs and based on place of treatment.  Benefits are subject to medical necessity and specific criteria must be met. 

Students with insurance plans other than the Student Health Insurance Plan who need these services should look for terms such as: transgender, gender change, sex change, transsexualism, gender identity disorder, gender identity dysphoria, or sexual reassignment in the list of exclusions and limitations when researching healthcare plans.

Counselors in the Counseling and Mental Health Center can write letters for students who need gender affirming services like surgeries, hormone therapy, and name/gender changes on official documents. Call CMHC at 512-471-3515 for an appointment (and be sure to mention a Hormone Therapy Letter specifically if you need one).

You can learn more about non-UHS services available to transgender students at UT here.

UHS Women's Health Clinic

Students of all genders can request to be seen in either the Women's Health Clinic or the General Medicine Clinic. Many services provided in the Women's Health Clinic can be provided in the General Medicine Clinic.

The Women's Health Clinic provides:

  • Annual pelvic exams
  • Pap smears
  • Breast exams
  • STI testing
  • Contraception counseling and prescriptions
  • Pregnancy care referral
  • Other care, including UTI and vaginal infection treatment

The General Medicine Clinic provides:

  • General annual physical exams
  • STI testing
  • Prescriptions
  • Other general care

If you need to be seen in the General Medicine Clinic for a service typically provided in the Women's Health Clinic (a full list of services can be found here), please call the UHS appointment desk to schedule your appointment instead of making an appointment online. When scheduling, make sure to specifically request that the appointment take place in the General Medicine Clinic.

You do not need to identify as a woman to use the Women's Health Clinic. The Women's Health Clinic welcomes any and all students who identify as women and all students who were assigned female at birth. This includes agender and nonbinary students, as well as students on the transmasculine spectrum.

Other UHS Resources

  • The CMHC has LGBTQIA+ specific resources available, including this page on coming out.
  • You can find books related to LGBTQIA+ issues in the Office of Health Promotion's Lending Library, located in SSB 1.106.
  • You can browse the Gender and Sexuality Center's library online.

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