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Service directory for sexual and gender minorities released

The Maui News

A working group created to make health and other services more accessible for sexual and gender minorities has released a directory of providers who offer identity-affirming services.

The directory, which was put together by the state Department of Health Sexual and Gender Minority Workgroup in response to community requests, covers local providers and businesses that offer services on Maui, Oahu, Hawaii island and statewide. The providers, who opted to be included late last year, “actively work to make their business a safe space, where everyone can start out with the basic agreement that any SGM client’s identity is valid,” the directory said.

The workgroup plans to release future editions that will expand and update the current list.

“The SGM Services Directory is important because right now fear is still a barrier to going to the doctor,” said Itai Bradshaw-Lang (they/them), project lead for the directory.

The directory is available at health.hawaii.gov/sexual-gender-minorities, the first DOH website dedicated to resources for sexual and gender minorities, also known as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and other, or LGBTQ+ people in Hawaii, as well as their loved ones and allies.

“Through national and local data, and in conversations with our SGM communities, we know that culturally appropriate care is essential for sustainable, meaningful and positive health outcomes,” said Thaddeus Pham (he/him), DOH co-chairperson of the SGM Workgroup.

For more information on the directory and future editions, email Bradshaw-Lang at sgm.services.directory@gmail.com.

For more information on the workgroup, email Pham at thaddeus.pham@doh.hawaii.gov.

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