Lyon-Martin Health Services provides excellent health care to heterosexual women, bisexual women, lesbians and transgender people in a safe and compassionate environment, with sensitivity to sexual orientation and gender identity; all services are regardless of ability to pay.
Founded in 1979, by a group of medical providers and health activists as a clinic for lesbians who lacked access to nonjudgmental, affordable health care, the clinic soon became a model for culturally sensitive community-based health care. The clinic was named after Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin, feminists and well-known LGBTQ civil rights activists. Read more about our History.
On March 1st, 2015 Lyon-Martin merged with HealthRIGHT 360—a family of health centers and behavioral health programs serving communities throughout California. The partnership enables both organizations to maintain and expand culturally competent primary care and behavioral health services to women, queer and transgender people.While preserving each organization’s unique specializations and orientation to care, the strategic alliance bolsters both groups in the changing landscape of healthcare under the full implementation of the Affordable Care Act. More about our merger.
Today, Lyon-Martin operates as Lyon-Martin Health Services, a program of HealthRIGHT 360 and continues to provide primary and preventive healthcare, mental health services and HIV services to all women, including low-income and uninsured, and transgender people. More about our Services.
Facts & Figures
- 60% of Lyon-Martin’s patients are lesbian/bisexual/transgender (LBT).
- 73% are uninsured, 91% have incomes below 200% of the poverty line, and 9% are homeless. 38% are people of color.
- LBT people remain one of the most underserved and disconnected populations, facing significant care barriers.
- Research shows lesbians often avoid routine health care due to fear of discrimination, and are less likely to have insurance and less able to afford care than their heterosexual peers.
- The 2011 National Transgender Discrimination Survey found that 33% of transgender people had delayed or not sought preventive care because of prior health care discrimination.