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LGBTQ Veterans

Oregon is proud of the strength and diversity of our veteran community, which spans five eras of service and four generations. To better serve you, ODVA's new lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) veteran coordinator office was created to help LGBTQ veterans and their families learn about and gain access to the full range of their earned benefits.

In many ways, the LGBTQ veteran coordinator serves a role similar to other veteran service officers, helping you connect to federal and state benefits, such as VA health care, disability compensation and pension, homelessness resources and more.

LGBTQ veteran services is also equipped to assist with upgrading your status if you were given an other-than-honorable discharge under the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy and its predecessors, or with other military records corrections (name changes, etc.).

The LGBTQ veteran coordinator office works to build a strong community of and for LGBTQ veterans in Oregon, while also helping shape Oregon laws for the LGBTQ and veteran communities through advocacy and direct recommendations to the Legislature.

Contact the LGBTQ Veterans Coordinator Nathaniel Boehme at (503) 373-2327 (office) or (971) 720-9016 (cell) or LGBTQVets@odva.state.or.us.

Resources and Information

Portland-area LGBTQ Veteran Meeting (non-clinical): Meets monthly, every first Thursday, 7 to 8 p.m., at the Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi Ave., Portland.

Portland LGBTQ Veteran Meeting Flyer.pdfPortland LGBTQ Veteran Meeting Flyer.pdf

Portland-area LGBTQ Veteran Support Group (clinical): Meets twice monthly, every second and fourth Friday, 2:30 to 4 p.m. 
at the Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi Ave., Portland.

Portland Vet Center LGBTQ Veteran Support Group.pdfPortland Vet Center LGBTQ Veteran Support Group.pdf

Central Oregon LGBTQ Veteran Meeting (non-clinical): Meets monthly, every third Thursday, 6 to 7 p.m., at the Social Justice Building, 155 N.W. Irving Ave., Bend.

Central Oregon LGBTQ Veteran Meeting Flyer.pdfCentral Oregon LGBTQ Veteran Meeting Flyer.pdf

Central Oregon LGBTQ Veteran Support Group (clinical): Meets weekly, every Monday, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., at the Central Oregon Vet Center, 1645 N.E. Forbes Road, Suite 105, Bend.

Central OR Vet Center LGBTQ Veteran Support Group Full Flyer.pdfCentral OR Vet Center LGBTQ Veteran Support Group Full Flyer.pdf

Ordering DD214s and other military documents:

  • Through eBenefits: You may be able to access your military personnel records electronically by following the instructions here: Accessing ebenefits and Military Documents.pdfAccessing ebenefits and Military Documents.pdf
  • Through National Archives: You also may be able to request military records online through the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC). More information about this process can be found here.
  • Through an SF 180: You may also request military records through the use of a Standard Form 180. See here for more information.

Online registration for VA health care: The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) now offers an online option to sign up for VA Healthcare if eligible. For more information, see here: Online VA Healthcare Sign Up.pdfOnline VA Healthcare Sign Up.pdf

​Congress has authorized the correction of records when it is considered necessary either to rectify an error or to remove an injustice. DD Form 214 does not list gender, but it does list your name. While for most non-transgender people a service record showing a former name does not communicate any sensitive information, for transgender people disclosure of the former name can be equivalent to disclosure of transgender status. This can be considered an injustice, and will be the strongest basis for your request to update your name on the DD 214.

Generally speaking, to update your DD 214 military discharge record, you will need two things: a completed DD Form 149 (Application for Correction of Military Record) and evidence to support your name change request. If possible, this evidence should include proof of your legal name change and gender transition, such as a U.S. passport, driver's license or government-issued ID card showing your updated name and gender.

The Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs and its LGBTQ veteran coordinator office can assist you with this process. A copy of DD Form 149 can be found online here​.

For more information: "Transgender People and Military Records" 

​The Veterans Health Administration is the largest integrated health care system in the United States and strives to be a national leader in providing care to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender veterans. In 2012, the VHA's Office of Patient Care Services created the LGBT Health Program, which provides policy recommendations, provider-education programs and clinical services to support personalized, pro-active, patient-driven healthcare for LGBT veterans.

For more information: LGBT Veteran Patient Care​

Local

Pivot​ is is dedicated to providing free HIV and STI screenings to the LGBTQ community on a walk-in basis.

Veterans for Human Rights​ is a locally based group that works closely with other local and national organizations in securing the full equal and civil rights for all Americans regardless of their sexual orientation, military discharge or marital status. 

Q Center​ provides a safe space to support and celebrate LGBTQ diversity, equity, visibility and community building. 

Basic Rights Oregon​ works to ensure that all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Oregonians experience equality by building a broad and inclusive politically powerful movement, shifting public opinion, and achieving policy victories.

National

Human Rights Campaign​ is a national organization that advocates for LGBT equality and educates the public about LGBT issues. 

Outserv/SLDN works to represent the U.S. LGBT military community worldwide. Their mission is to educate the community, provide legal services, advocate for authentic transgender service, provide developmental opportunities, support members and local chapters, communicate effectively, and work towards equality for all.

American Veterans for Equal Rights​ is an organization dedicated to full and equal rights and equitable treatment for all present and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces, especially the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender current and prior military personnel who have been historically disenfranchised by armed forces policy and discriminatory laws governing military service and benefits.

American Military Partner Association, connecting, supporting, honoring, and serving the partners and spouses of America’s LGBT service members and veterans – our nation’s modern military families.

Transgender American Veterans Association acts proactively with other concerned gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) organizations to ensure that transgender veterans will receive appropriate care for their medical conditions in accordance with the Veterans Health Administration’s Customer Service Standards promise to “treat you with courtesy and dignity . . . as the first class citizen that you are.” Further, TAVA will help in educating the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) on issues regarding fair and equal treatment of transgender and transsexual individuals. Also, TAVA will help the general transgender community when deemed appropriate.



ODVA LGBTQ Veteran Coordinator

To contact our office:

Call or text: 
Office: (503) 373-2327 | Cell: (971) 720-9016

Email: LGBTQvets@odva.state.or.us

Follow us: facebook.com/OregonLGBTQVets

Did you know?

In 2015, Oregon became the first state in the country to establish an LGBTQ veteran coordinator.
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