Many in our community who identify as LGBTQ face numerous health disparities associated with discrimination and societal stigma, resulting in higher rates of psychiatric disorders, substance abuse and suicide. Through acceptance of sexual and gender identity—both individually and collectively—much can be done to assuage these disparities.

UAB Hospital is recognized as an LGBTQ-friendly hospital by the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index. We were commended for providing a nondiscriminatory environment that is inclusive as well as equitable to LGBTQ patients and families. Learn more about the Healthcare Equality Index

LGBTQ Champion

Amy Warriner, MDAmy Warriner, MD. An Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, Dr. Warriner sees patients at the UAB 1917 Clinic as well as The Kirklin Clinic, providing care for a variety of endocrine conditions. She is also expert in the delivery of gender-affirming hormone treatment for transgender patients.  

Dr. Warriner began caring for transgender patients in 2005 while she was in fellowship training at UAB. At the time, only one faculty member was experienced in gender-affirming hormone treatment, and there were no published clinical guidelines for medical management of transgender endocrinology. She still remembers her first transgender patient, and how helping that patient began to open doors to serve more patients like her.

Though she has never sought out spotlight, Dr. Warriner has quietly championed the rights of transgender patients to receive appropriate and affirming medical care. Together with three other faculty members, approximately 100 transgender patients are currently receiving treatment. She is also impacting the future of transgender care through her role in teaching UAB endocrinology fellows, not only about medical management, but also about keeping an open mind treating transgender patients as who they are without judgment or bias.  

Faculty Profiles

Nicholas Van Wagoner, MD, PhDNicholas Van Wagoner, MD, PhD. Dr. Van Wagoner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases, Assistant Dean for Students in the School of Medicine, and a Fenway Institute Faculty Member. He is recognized as a national expert in LGBTQ health, and he currently provides HIV as well as STI care at the 1917 Clinic. He also directs the Sexual Health Clinic at UAB, which provides for the sexual health needs of all UAB students.

James Raper, DSN, CRNP, JDJames L. Raper, DSN, CRNP, JD. Dr. Raper is a Professor of Medicine and Nursing in the Division of Infectious Diseases. He is  Director of the UAB 1917 HIV Outpatient Clinic and is devoted to providing care for HIV-infected populations. As an attorney and nurse practitioner, Dr. Raper has sustained a scholarly program of research, practice, policy advocacy and collaborative leadership. He has worked on legislation to improve the lives of LGBTQ persons and HIV-infected Alabamians. He is currently also working with local agencies to provide housing and food to HIV-infected and at-risk individuals in Birmingham.

Angela Stowe, PhD, LPC-SAngela M. Stowe, PhD, LPC-S. Dr. Stowe is Director of UAB’s Student Counseling Services and Wellness Promotion. She has served as the President of the Alabama Mental Health Counselors Association and the Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling in Alabama. She is passionate about creating safe schools for LGBT students, and she currently provides training for various school systems on the topic. She also works at the UAB Student Health Center and provides counseling to students about gender transition issues.

Meeting LGBTQ Health Needs

UAB Sexual Health Clinic

As a part of UAB Student Health and Wellness, the UAB Sexual Health Clinic provides a welcoming environment for LGBTQ, transgender, and gender non-conforming students. The clinic is open two days per week, and it offers sexually transmitted infection testing, HIV testing and treatment, and HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis and treatment. The trans-inclusive health professionals also provide hormone consultation, gender identity consultation, and mental health services.

UAB LGBTQ Mental Health and Wellness Clinic

The UAB Department of Psychiatry operates the LGBTQ Mental Health and Wellness Clinic which provides outpatient mental health services to both adults and gender non-conforming children. They also provide LGBTQ medical and mental health competency training for providers, medical students, clinical staff, as well as the greater Birmingham community.

Fostering LGBTQ Community

Alliance for LGBTQ Equality at UAB
The Alliance for LGBTQ Equaltiy at UAB is an employee-resource group for UAB, the UAB Health System (UABHS), the University of Alabama Health Services Foundation (UAHSF), and the Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital. It exists to provide advocacy, support, and networking for faculty and staff members of UAB's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Allies (LGBTQA) community. Membership is open to all such employees and retirees.

Gay Straight Student Alliance at UAB logo
The Gay/Straight Student AllianceThe Gay/Straight Student Alliance provides a welcoming social atmosphere for those seeking friendship and support through on and off-campus activities and events. Additionally, the GSSA aims to aid in the further education of UAB and surrounding communities concerning the realities of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals through campus activities and panel discussions.

Helpful LGBTQ Resources