Building with rainbowAt Families First, we want to provide everyone in our community an opportunity to live long and healthy lives. Our staff, patients and board reflect the diversity of our community. You are welcome here!

The LGBT+ community faces health disparities such as low rates of cancer screenings, higher rates of depression, smoking and suicidal behavior. Discrimination, poverty, homophobia, transphobia,  homelessness, hate crimes, and violence can add to the barriers keeping LGBT+ people from accessing health care. Our Inclusivity Committee is making progress towards making our health center an accessible place for everyone. This means making sure that no matter who you are, you feel welcome here.

The Inclusivity Committee’s current projects include:

  • Updating the language on our website and forms to be more inclusive
  • Re-formatting our medical records to better support our transgender and gender non-conforming patients
  • Providing staff training on LGBT+ inclusivity and cultural competency

We’re Listening

The best way we can make sure everyone feels welcome at our center is to listen to the community. You’ll find members of our Inclusivity committee at Pride events, Seacoast Outright meetings, and anywhere we see LGBT+ advocacy. We have goals we want to accomplish before flying a rainbow flag with pride.

We encourage anyone visiting our website or health center to let us know how we can improve accessiblility to the LGBT+ population. If you’d like to reach out, please contact us at MVinci@GoodwinCH.org.

Resources

Here you’ll find some groups, events, brochures and other things which can help navigate LGBT+ topics in health care and in our community.

Brochures and Print

Groups, Clubs and Community

PFLAG – NH – For Parents, Family & Friends of LGBT Individuals
Meets the 1st Thursday of the month from 6-8 p.m.
First Church Congregational, 63 S. Main St., Rochester. chapter.seacoast@pflagnh.org

Transgender (and questioning) Teens Talk Group
The Concord Center, 10 Ferry Street, Concord
(603) 303-4626
This group is for transgender & nonbinary (or gender-questioning) teens, providing a safe, supportive space for teens to connect and be themselves. Meets one Friday per month at 5:30 p.m. www.debhortoncounseling.com/groups

Seacoast Outright Youth Group
For ages 21 and under. Meets Fridays from 7-9 p.m.
South Church (basement), 292 State St., Portsmouth. https://www.seacoastoutright.org/

Parent Support Group
First Friday of every month 7:15 – 8:45 p.m.
Safe Harbor Recovery Center, 865 Islington Street, Portsmouth
(877) 369-0928

FCC Transgender Outreach Group (Rochester, NH)
For transgender individuals, family members, allies
2nd Saturday of every month, 7-9 p.m.
First Congregational Church, 63 S Main St, Rochester
Contact Ells: long.ellie@gmail.com

Online Resources

We Are The Youth
www.wearetheyouth.org
Sharing stories of LGBTQ youth in the United States.

Intersex Support online
interactadvocates.org

Asexual Visibility and Education Network
www.asexuality.org — “The world’s largest online asexual community as well as a large archive of resources on asexuality.”

Bisexual.org
www.bisexual.org — “A voice to the bisexual community, share accurate information, answer questions, and provide resources for further learning.”

The Trevor Project
www.thetrevorproject.org/
 – The Trevor Project is a leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

Trans Lifeline
www.translifeline.org – Trans Lifeline is a national trans-led 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of our community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education. Its vision is to fight the epidemic of trans suicide and improve overall life-outcomes of trans people by facilitating justice-oriented, collective community aid.