Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital are committed to providing high quality LGBTQ+ care and caring for their LGBTQ+ employees and students. Read more to learn why BJC has repeatedly earned top marks from Human Rights Campaign (HRC) as “Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality” and why Washington University in St. Louis continually receives top marks from the Campus Pride Index. In addition, WashU is home to numerous LGBTQ+ student & faculty organizations.


Though the state of Missouri lags behind in prohibiting discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals, Washington University’s non-discrimination policy includes protections for LGBTQ+ individuals. Washington University does not discriminate in access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

Transgender health care

Washington University School of Medicine covers transgender services in its Student Health Benefits Plan. Covered services include psychotherapy, continuous hormone replacement therapy and Medically Necessary Surgical treatments (breast/chest/genital) for transformation reassignment.

Cultural competency

The vision of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the School of Medicine is to be national leaders in medicine and the patient experience, and its mission is to take exceptional care of people. We value integrity, compassion, accountability, respect and excellence. In order to promote an inclusive environment that ensures equitable care for all, BJC established the Center for Diversity and Cultural Competence in 2006. This center works to increase cultural competence through education and development for all team members, including topics of LGBT health care.