LGBTQ Equality

At Boston Children’s Hospital, we are committed to providing comprehensive and affirming treatment to our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) patients and families. We are enhancing the health of our LGBTQ patients and families by understanding and addressing the gaps in their care, while creating a welcoming hospital environment inclusive of the entire LGBTQ community.

We are proud to have been awarded the Healthcare Equality Index's Leadership Status the last four years in a row.

We are proud to have been awarded the Healthcare Equality Index's Leadership Status in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. The Healthcare Equality Index reviews health care facilities’ policies and practices to ensure equal access and treatment of LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees.

At Boston Children’s, we provide LGBTQ patient- and family-centered care in four key areas:

Patient Non-Discrimination

  • We provide medical care to all patients, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Equal Visitation

  • We welcome all visitors, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Employment Non-Discrimination

  • We welcome all people to apply to our open job positions, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Training in LGBTQ Patient- and Family-Centered Care

  • We offer training to our staff on LGBTQ patient- and family-centered care. Learn more about the Safe Zone training program offered to our staff.

LGBTQ & Friends

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer (LGBTQ) & Friends Group was started in December 2008 as a support group and resource for LGBTQ staff, patients, families and friends.

At Boston Children's Hospital, we embrace our diversity not only to deliver the best care, but also to make Children's a better place to work. Children's supports our patients, families and staff within the LGBTQ community.

LGBTQ & Friends is representative of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer staff and employees at Boston Children's Hospital — and for their friends and supporters. Current co-chairs are Todd Katzman and Allison Scobie-Carroll.

The LGBTQ & Friends meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 12 p.m. Meetings are held in the Surgical Library/Hunnewell 353, located on Children's Main Campus.

For more information about the LGBTQ & Friends, please email Todd Katzman.

On the March with LGBTQ & Friends

GLBT group photo

(Above) The LGBTQ & Friends group celebrate at the end of their walk during the Boston Pride Parade.

Boston Children's Hospital: It Gets Better video