Our Bodies, Our Minds

The Vermont Diversity Health Project began as a collaborative project, organized by volunteers, health care consumers and providers, and social service professionals working to increase access to quality health care for LGBTQ Vermonters. Many organizations were also a part of the original collaboration, including RU12? Community Center (now Pride Center of Vermont), SafeSpace (at the time, a separate organization), Outright Vermont, Vermont CARES, the New England AIDS Education and Training Center’s HIV Education Consortium and the Vermont Department of Health.

In 2001, VDHP produced the first print version of Our Bodies, Our Minds. Limited to Chittenden County providers, the guide served the general gay and lesbian population. In 2003, the second print edition expanded the scope to include issues of particular concern to transgender people and queer youth.

Today, the on-line version serves all LGBTQ Vermonters, and offers opportunities for health care providers statewide to list their practices. Please help us expand the guide by encouraging your LGBTQ-friendly providers to register or by registering your own services.

The guide is also a tool that social workers, advocates, and others can use to help identify providers who are friendly, welcoming and understanding of people of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities.

Acknowledgements

We would like to whole-heartedly thank the many souls who helped make this guide a reality: Clark Sheldon, Samuel Lurie, Eli Trudeau, Lluvia Mulvaney-Stanak, Jay Schuster, Dan Berns, Rick Wold, Leroy Padgett, Christopher Kaufman, Khristian Kemp-DeLisser, Outright Vermont, R.U.1.2? Community Center, The Vermont State Department of Health, the Physician’s Computer Company and all the participating health providers.