LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center has been designated a “federally qualified health center” and was awarded a $650,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, WeHoville, a West Hollywood news outlet, reported.
The designation is given only to clinics that meet the highest standards of care and serve underserved populations (Washington’s Whitman-Walker Health also has attained the status). The Center provides primary care services for LGBT people. The designation and award will enable the Center to eventually provide medical care for more than 4,000 additional patients, particularly low-income people on Medicaid, the article said.
The Center is one of the few LGBT clinics in the nation to receive the designation and the only such clinic in California.
“This is a huge turning point for the Center and for the LGBT community of Los Angeles because we have always believed that health care is a right for every single human being,” said Christopher Brown, the Center’s Health and Mental Health Services director in the WeHoville article. “For far too long, LGBT people have suffered discrimination in health care.”