Trans Health Services

Health Brigade aims to meet each patient’s overall health care needs in a safe and welcoming environment.  We understand that transgender, gender queer, gender variant and gender non-conforming individuals face unique barriers in accessing appropriate and affirmative health care.  We are pleased to offer medical and behavioral health services that we see as critical resources for our patients.

To best serve our patients, Health Brigade provides the following specific types of medical and behavioral health care and support services:

Health Care Services

Primary Medical Care
  • Hormone Administration and Monitoring
  • HIV & STD Testing and Counseling
  • Gynecological Screenings and Care
  • Breast Cancer Screening
  • Pharmacy Services
Behavioral Health Services
  • Individual Counseling
  • Surgery Support Letters
  • Psychiatric Referrals
Support Services
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Legal Services (Name and Gender Marker Changes)
    • Richmond TLC (Trans Legal Collaborative) Name & Gender Marker Change Clinic hosted semi-annually.

Health Brigade understands the importance of identifying and addressing every client according to their preferred name and gender identity.  In order to determine individual preferences and that we are able to provide clients with the best care, new clients will complete our registration materials, including telling us your legal name and preferred name and gender.

Hormone Administration and Monitoring

Our vision is to engage all patients, including transgender patients seeking hormones, in primary health care at our Health Center in order to promote their physical and emotional well-being. Our goal is to meet each patient’s health care needs in a comfortable, safe, and respectful environment. To ensure a smooth transition, Health Brigade has the following process for patients who identify themselves as transgender who seek hormones:

  1. A Financial Screening appointment (To check eligibility requirements click here)
  2. After the financial screening appointment a patient will schedule an intake appointment with our intake counselor, Jenn Gallienne.  Since hormones can affect patients physically and emotionally, we want to ensure patients understand all resources Health Brigade offers to support a healthy transition and obtain information about the patient important to the patient’s medical provider.  This appointment also allows us to gather informed consent to administer hormones.
  3. After the intake appointment and informed consent are obtained a patient’s first medical appointment is scheduled.  Once the medical provider feels the patient is medically ready to begin hormone treatment, they will begin to administer hormones.