A new LGBT clinic is opening at the Jackson Medical Mall in the Thad Cochran Center.
Apparently the first of its kind in the state, it’s a project of UMMC’s new Division of Gender, Sexuality and Health, directed by Dr. Kim Gratz, a School of Medicine professor and researcher who is overseeing a new LGBT Health Program, as well as a Women’s Health Program.
The LGBT Clinic is offering psychiatric care as well as psychotherapy to a population making up 2-5 percent of the state’s inhabitants, by Rodgers’ estimate.
In an interview with News Mississippi, Dr. Scott Rodgers, chair of the University of Mississippi Medical Center Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior said that some doctors are “culturally incompetent”, and believe that being gay is a choice. He said to call it a lifestyle implies that it is a choice, which he believes is wrong.