LGBTQ+ Resource Guide

Fermilab is committed to promoting a safe, respectful, inclusive, diverse, equitable, accessible and professional work environment for the advancement of all its employees.

Every member of the laboratory community plays a role in shaping a workplace culture of belonging that values, develops, rewards, retains and proactively supports the potential of a diverse workforce.

Ensuring Fermilab provide resources and offerings to make informed healthcare decisions is critical to our commitment to inclusion.

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Human Resources: askHR@fnal.gov

This LGBTQ+ Benefits Guide provides a comprehensive summary to:

  • Readily reference critically important resources
  • Confidentially identify healthcare options
  • Easily identify points of contact

Concerns Reporting

Fermilab Office of General Counsel (OGC): ogc@fnal.gov

Human Resources Business Partners

Fermilab Security Department:

  • Emergency: 630-840-3131
  • Non-Emergency: 630-840-3414

Resources:

FRA LGBTQ+ Benefits Guide

Detailed information is available on the HR Inclusive Benefits website

Gender Inclusive Marriage Benefits

Medical
  • Health / Medical
  • Vision
  • Dental
  • Dependent Coverage
  • COBRA benefits
Other
  • FMLA
  • Bereavement
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Relocation/travel Assistance

Family Formation Benefits

  • Adoption Assistance
  • Cryopreservation (for 1 year)
  • Foster Care Assistance
  • In-vitro Fertilization
  • Paid Family Leave (non-FMLA)

Transgender-Inclusive Healthcare Services and Treatment Options

  • Reconstructive surgical procedures related to gender affirmation (including reconstructive chest, breast, and genital procedures)
  • Medical visits and laboratory services
  • Pharmaceutical coverage (e.g., hormone replacement therapies, including puberty blockers)
  • Short-term medical leave
  • Mental Health benefits

Treatment for Gender Dysphoria

With a diagnosis of and treatment for gender dysphoria and deemed medically necessary:
  • Hair removal, such as electrolysis, laser treatment, etc.
  • Hair removal required for reconstructive surgery
  • Tracheal shave/reduction
  • Facial feminization surgeries
  • Voice modification surgery
  • Voice modification therapy
  • Lipoplasty – filling for body masculinization or feminization

HIV Services and Treatment

  • HIV testing including self-treatment options
  • Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) including injectable treatment
  • Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)
  • Antiretroviral therapy (ART) including injectable treatment

Points of Contact Health Benefits:

BCBS Services and Support for LBGTQ Members: https://www.bcbsil.com/member/member-resources/lgbtq-support

Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO – Group # P56727; 1-800-548-4686, www.bcbsil.com

Blue Cross Blue Shield HDHP – Group # PI1340; 1-800-828-3116, www.bcbsil.com

Blue Advantage HMO – Group # B51346; 1-800-892-2803, www.bcbsil.com

Express Scripts Pharmacy PPO (PPO and HDHP Only); 1-866-814-7105, www.express-scripts.com

Fermilab Benefits Office: benefitsoffice@fnal.gov

 Coming out and gender transition guide

Not everyone is familiar with what it means to transition, so a Fermilab employee has compiled online resources below for employees and supervisors who are interested in learning:

  • How does one decide to transition? The experience of being transgender is characterized by “gender dysphoria.” The Mayo Clinic explains gender dysphoria. To put it simply, it is not a choice whether you are transgender or not. However, it is a decision that one makes – to decide that you need to transition to alleviate the distress and pain caused by continuing to live as your assigned-at-birth gender. The American Psychological Association answers several questions people may have about trans people.
  • Gender Transition Process: The gender transition process is very personal and is different for everyone. Generally, it involves social and medical transitions. Social transition is when a person starts living as their identified gender in their personal, public, and professional lives. Medical transition generally involves any number of medical procedures that one may or may not undergo.
  • Terminology: There are expansive glossaries of terms that may be very helpful in speaking conversationally and technically.
  • Fermilab Resources: Spectrum is Fermilab’s LRG for the LGBTQ+ community. Spectrum’s webpage (https://diversity.fnal.gov/spectrum/) has some good resources. The “Resources & Tools” section has two documents that are specifically tailored to people in the world of physics.

Questions? Contact the Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility at inclusion@fnal.gov