Project HEALTH is a joint effort of San Francisco’s Lyon-Martin Health Services and Transgender Law Center. These organizations have joined forces to provide an innovative, comprehensive program that expands access to healthcare for transgender individuals.
Lyon-Martin draws on thirty years of working with women and trans folks to address the systemic barriers that trans people face in accessing health care. Transgender Law Center relies on their experience organizing community, engaging in public policy advocacy, and training a broad range of individuals on law and policy issues.
Together, we provide training and technical assistance to California clinics and providers, increase community member and provider participation in health advocacy, promote acceptance, and work to bridge the gap between providers and patients.
Lyon-Martin Health Services
Lyon-Martin Health Services provides excellent health care to women, lesbians and transgender people in a safe and compassionate environment, with sensitivity to sexual orientation and gender identity; all services are regardless of ability to pay.
Over 50% of our patients are LBGT. The remainder of our patient population consists of low-income, generally uninsured, heterosexual women who appreciate our patient-centered model of care.
Lyon-Martin has served trans patients since its founding in 1979, and in 2005 we strengthened and systematized our services. Our great reputation attracts trans people from other communities where public providers lack cultural and medical competency and in fact transgender patients, compared to cisgender patients, are three times as likely to live outside of San Francisco.
Transgender Law Center (TLC)
Transgender Law Center works to change law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression. We are at the heart of a movement of transgender people, our families and our allies who recognize that our struggles for equality and authentic self-expression are all connected and related.
Transgender Law Center advocates to for health care options that work for transgender and gender nonconforming people. Whether we are privately insured or using public services, everyone deserves access to quality, compassionate care and expertise in our needs. to work toward future where gender self-determination and authentic expression are seen as basic rights and matters of common human dignity.