The social justice advocacy organization Covenant House has launched a health care website linking LGBTQ West Virginians with statewide resources and providers.
The site, called DrRainbow, includes tabs on finding a “LGBTQ friendly” provider and community health resources. In an email, Covenant House said the website is an attempt to address the rising health disparities in the LGBTQ community. About 30 percent of transgender patients report delaying or not seeking care due to discrimination, according to a report published in the June edition of the journal Medical Care.
With the website, LGBTQ West Virginians can search for registered providers as well as find legal, advocate and peer support resources. More than 196 providers of all disciplines are listed on the site.
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