Support Services for Transgender Individuals

at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Proudly Me! Transgender Edu-port

PROUDLY Me! is a free education and support program to help the transgender and nonbinary confirming community members by creating a safe space of learning through peer support and resources. The sessions are hosted in a caring and understanding environment to discuss all available resources for the transgender community.

Jackie Baras, RN, LGBTQ Health Navigator for RWJUH serves as group facilitator. Baras has transformed the tapestry of health care in New Jersey by eliminating LGBT health care disparities through education, community collaboration and volunteerism. She was instrumental in launching the first LGBT Business Resource Group called PROUD (Promoting Respect, Outreach, Understanding and Dignity) at RWJUH, establishing the PROUD Family Health Center at RWJUH Somerset, the first hospital based LGBT clinic in the New Jersey, and creating the PROUD—a Transgender Family Support Group, also one of its kind in the state.

PROUDLY Me! Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in RWJUH's auditorium.

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Orgulloso (PROUD) Grupo Latinx

Orgulloso Grupo Latinx is a Spanish-speaking support group serving the Latinx & Spanish-speaking transgender and non-binary community.

Meetings are held the third Friday of each month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s Auditorium.

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Patient Stories

  • “When I look at my body now, it feels like this is how I’ve always been, which is pretty incredible. It just feels natural.”

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  • “When I’m at PROUD, I find peace and comfort. It’s a safe haven.”

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