LGBTQIA+ Care At Toledo Center  

Discrimination in the LGBTQIA+ Community

People in the LGBTQIA+ community frequently experience social stigmas, discrimination, violence, and harassment, among many other challenges, which lead to an increased risk of mental health disorders. At Toledo Center, we firmly believe that a welcoming and inclusive environment for all, regardless of gender and sexual orientation, is crucial to recovery and healing. Toledo Center is dedicated to providing a safe and welcoming environment for treatment and care.

The Importance of LGBTQIA+ Mental Health and Eating Disorder Treatment

Toledo Center offers specialized process groups designed to allow the LGBTQIA+ community a safe, friendly, and open environment to share their stories. Our staff is trained to meet the specific needs of LGBTQIA+ individuals and provides a welcoming, safe, and gender-affirming environment. Visit the Healthcare Equality Index on the HRC website to learn more about what it means to be an affirmative treatment provider.


Transgender individuals experience eating disorders at rates significantly higher than cisgender individuals. (NEDA)


Gay men are thought to only represent 5% of the total male population but among men who have eating disorders, 42% identify as gay. (NEDA)


Nearly nine in ten (87%) LGBTQ youth reported being dissatisfied with their body. (NEDA)


Transgender college students are over four times more likely than their cisgender counterparts to report an eating disorder diagnosis. (NEDA)

Finding LGBTQIA+ Friendly Treatment Centers

Toledo Center offers LGBTQIA+ inclusive housing and clinical groups, as well as trained and supportive staff members who focus on advocacy and assistance with community resources. LGBTQIA+ specialized process groups are offered at all levels of care at our LGBTQIA+ eating disorder center. We offer an aftercare program followed by LGBTQIA+ eating disorder treatment.

Relevant Resources

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Eating Disorders in the LGBTQ Community

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FAQ About Our Specialized LGBTQIA+ Care

Toledo Center offers LGBTQIA+ affirming treatment daily through acknowledging varying identities and teaching groups from an intersectional perspective. Staff are educated on LGBTQIA+ language, culture, and continue to educate themselves as new information becomes available. Staff are affirming through their use of your pronouns, name you go by, and utilizing language that is gender affirming. Everyone who walks into Toledo Center will feel included and supported throughout their recovery journey.
There are many benefits of an LGBTQIA+ treatment center. Gender affirming care is directly correlated with the reduction of self-harm, suicidal, and eating disorder behaviors. The more that we continue to support individuals of different identities, the less likely they are to engage in self-injurious behaviors. Another benefit would be that a gender affirming environment allows for individuals to truly be themselves in a safe environment in ways that they may have never had access to before. This promotes good rapport building which directly correlates with how well people engage in treatment. When people feel supported, then they are more likely to open up and succeed in treatment.
Eating disorders can affect people of all identities. Toledo Center provides a safe gender affirming environment where varying identities are taken into consideration when conducting treatment. Members of the LGBTQIA+ community are always welcome to come receive treatment for residential level of care of eating disorders. This would include boarding, meals, exposure work, and a treatment team that is educated in gender affirming care.
Toledo Center also offers a partial hospital program (PHP) that is open to all individuals who identify as women. Toledo Center is currently working to expand to include individuals who identify as men for PHP level of care as well. Group and individual therapy are provided from the gender affirming lens as well.