VIDEO: New Clinic Offers Mental Health Services to LGBTQ Community

By Kathy Walsh

Original Article Published on CBSDenver.com

 

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DENVER (CBS4) – There’s a new effort to improve health care for members of the LGBTQ community. A clinic opened just days ago at the University of Colorado Hospital to provide mental health services.

It’s a way to meet the needs of patients who don’t fit the mold.

“I probably started transitioning at the end of 2014,” Owen Ziegler told CBS4 Health Specialist Kathy Walsh.

Owen used to go by Emma. He came out as a lesbian in college. But after years of struggling with his identity, he found the courage to change.

“Which really started out just kind of going by a different name in my house and not coming out at work. So then, I was sort of two people for a while,” said Ziegler.

Now, Ziegler’s gender transition is underway.

“I identify as a non-binary person which means not male or female. I also identify as queer,” explained Ziegler.

But he says not “fitting in” has made health care a challenge.

 

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