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Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System


LGBT Veterans

Welcome home LGBT Veterans and thank you for your service!

The Southeast Louisiana Health Care System offers a variety of programs that are responsive to the particular needs of LGBT Veterans and staff.

We hope you choose SLVHCS and join our growing team of Veterans and staff to create an LGBT Veteran community and health care system. LGBT Veterans are invited to participate in an LGBT Veteran Support Group to meet other LGBT Veterans and enjoy a supportive environment to give and receive support from peers. For more information, contact group facilitator Deidre Desvignes-Spears at (504) 412-3700 ext. 7145 or

Patient Rights and Responsibilities (Non-Discrimination) Policy

Our Patient Rights and Responsibilities or our non-discrimination policy specifically prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

VA Transgender and Intersex Directive

This directive provides information on VA policies regarding respectful health care for transgender and intersex Veterans.


We recognize that diverse populations have distinctive needs and are training our staff in culturally and clinically competent care for LGBT Veterans. We are focused on providing the most respectful health care environment possible.

LGBT Services

LGBT Veteran Support Group

Group therapy provided by peer support specialist and clinical social workers. Open to all LGBT Veterans at SLVHCS.Contact Danielle Rosenfeld,Social Worker, at (504) 571-8324 for more information.

Individual Counseling

Individual therapy is available with mental health clinicians familiar with LGBT issues. Request a referral through your primary care provider.

Transgender Services

For Veterans who are questioning their gender identity or whose gender identity or expression differs from their assigned gender at birth, we offer•  Cross-Sex Hormone Therapy (CSHT) and Individual Psychotherapy. To initiate services related to gender identity, ask your primary care provider to enter an e-consultation or walk-in and request an appointment for transgender services.

Transgender Services Contacts:

For general questions and to find community and discuss gender identity-related concerns in a safe, affirming environment, contact Dr. Jamie Buth,Associate Chief of Staff for Clinics, at (504) 558-3637 or Danielle Rosenfeld at (504) 571-8324.


The LGBT Pride Parade is an annual event in June celebrating our LGBT Veterans and staff. Past events have included participation in local Pride parades, military and patient service from an LGBT perspective and participation in community career fairs. Contact Deidre Desvignes-Spears, LGBT Special Emphasis Program Manager at (504) 412-3700 ext. 7145 for more information. Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual event in November memorializing those who have been killed because they were transgender. Contact Danielle Rosenfeld at (504) 571-8324 for more information.