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South Texas Equality Project

South Texas Equality Project (STEP) is a partnership of LGBTQI organizations & individuals in the Rio Grande Valley focused on advocacy and visibility of the LGBTQI community.

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STEP LGBTQI Resource Guide Mission:

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Medical Care: Practitioners & Clinics

Diabetes and Endocrinology Institute at Rennaissance

Doctor Gamez and Doctor Mulukutla

2821 Michael Angelo Dr., STE 102A Edinburg, TX 78539-1404
(956) 362-5650

Gender affirming hormone therapy for patients under 18.

Dr. Jaime Bernal

Pediatrician: Bernal Pediatrics

801 E Nolana Ave, Ste 11, McAllen, TX 78504
(956) 630-4669

Dr. David M. Foreman

Headache and Pain Center

5700 N Expressway # 101, Brownsville, TX 78526
(956) 350-0900

Friendly Neighborhood Health Clinic

Transgender-friendly Nurse Practitioner

617 E. Loop 499, Suite C, Harlingen, TX 78550
(956) 428-8264

Cynthia Garcia

Pain Management and Rehab

5505 S Expressway 77, Ste. 200, Harlingen, TX, 78550
(956) 412-2200

Gender Care Clinic at Doctor's Hospital at Renaissance

Dr. Michelle Cordoba

5423 S McColl Rd, Edinburg, TX 78539
(956) 362-3999

Provides comprehensive service including consultation on hormone replacements, primary care, cancer screenings, vaccines, counseling and mental health services, pharmacy services, and referrals.

Lee's Pharmacy

5120 N 10th Street, McAllen, TX 78504
(956) 630-5500
1901 S 1st Street, McAllen, TX 78503
(956) 686-3716

Transgender-friendly pharmacy that fills prescriptions for HRT.

Legacy Community Health

1415 California St., Houston, TX 77006
(832) 548-5100

Provides endicrinology services (hormone blockers, etc) to transgender patients under the age of 18. At this time, the RGV Resource List is unaware of any location in the RGV that provides these services. If you know of a location, please let us know!

Dr. Mihaela Ringheanu

Pediatric Gastroenterologist

1810 Hale Ave #9, Harlingen, TX 78550
(956) 389-1100

Valley AIDS Council & Westbrook Clinic

300 S. 2nd Street, Ste. 101 McAllen, TX 78501
(956) 668-1149
2306 Camelot Plaza Harlingen, TX 78550
(956) 428-2653
857 E. Washington, Ste. G Brownsville, TX 78520
(956) 541-2600

Provides comprehensive LGBT-inclusive STD and HIV testing. Also provides affordable HRT and able to work with different insurance companies.

Counseling & Behavioral Health

Beyond Boundaries Counseling RGV

Private practice of counselor Jessica Murph.

4800 North 10th Street Suite D, McAllen, Tx 78504
(956) 290-8430

LGBTQIA+ affirming and inclusive. Provides one free individual session a month for members of the transgender community.

Cynthia V. Catchings, LCSW-MSSW-CLYL-CFTP

Executive Director at Women's Emotional Wellness Center of the RGV

4800 N 10th St Suite D, McAllen, TX, 78504
(956) 438-2805

Yahira Espada, MD.


26 S Coria St #2, Brownsville, TX 78520

Kathleen Salvatore, MD.


2489 US-77 BUS, San Benito, TX 78586

South Texas Counseling Agency

1544 W Dove Ave, McAllen, Texas, TX 78504
(956) 369-7997

Counseling Agency made up of several licensed counselors. LGBTQIA+ friendly and inclusive. Participates in LGBT community events. Takes most insurance.

UTRGV Counseling

Cortez Hall, Suite 237, Brownsville, TX 78520
(956) 882-3897
University Center 109, Edinburg, TX 78539
(956) 665-2574

LGBT and trans friendly counseling services for UTRGV students. Call or walk in to make an appointment. Students in crisis can be seen in a walk in.

UTRGV - Counseling and Assessment Preparation (CAP) Clinic

1201 W. University Dr., Edinburg Tx 78539
(956) 665-5251

Service run through UTRGV that provides counseling services to members of the general community. All services are free of charge. Call for more information or to make an appointment.

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Beauty Supply

Jen's Beauty Supply

313 S. Broadway St. McAllen, 78501
(956) 664-2100

Large customer base of transgender people, gender non-conforming individuals, and drag performers. Friendly and helpful staff.

MAC Cosmetics

Macy's, 2100 S 10th St, McAllen, TX 78503
(956) 992-6311

LGBT-friendly staff and environment. Additionally, through the Viva Glam campaign, MAC has donated products and volunteers to several events that work with HIV and the LGBT community.



National chain: Non-discrimination policy that specifically mentions gender identity and sexual orientation.

Business Services


Cakeography by Jaymes

(956) 245-8899

Specialty baker. Cakes and cupcakes for special events. Able to accommodate vegan and other special dietary needs.

Walmart Bakery Edinburg

1724 W University Dr, Edinburg, TX 78539
(956) 381-6674

Different LGBT organizations from UTRGV have used this bakery to create cakes for different LGBT events.

Event Photography

David Angel Photo and Video Productions

(956) 569-5274


Tru Fit Edinburg

2651 Cornerstone Blvd A, Edinburg, TX 78539
(956) 686-0123

Transgender friendly staff with gender-neutral bathroom downstairs.

Home Improvement & Landscape

Heffner Design Team, Landscape Architecture

Andrew T. Heffner

(956) 212-3385

Novelty & Lingerie

Adam & Eve

2003 N. 10th St., McAllen, TX 78501
(956) 630-5090
1522 E. Expressway 83, Mission, TX 78572
(956) 600-7841
1302 W. University Dr., Edinburg, TX 78539
(956) 720-4197
450 E. Alton Gloor Blvd,Brownsville, TX 78526
(956) 295-3877
5517 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island, TX 78597
(956) 433-5161

Adult sex and novelty store with locations all across the Valley. Staff trained and well versed in diverse sexualities and gender identities. Provide community workshops and donations to LGBT groups on a regular basis. Provides an LGBT-friendly work environment.

Victoria's Secret

La Plaza Mall McAllen

2200 S 10th St, McAllen, TX 78503
(956) 972-5454

This location has a long history of being gay and trans inclusive. Feel free to ask for Ms. Jae (J).

Pets/Veterinary Services

Phone Companies


LGBT friendly work environment. Program specifically for LGBT employees.

Salon (Hair or Nail) OR Spa

Social Spaces

Hueso del Fraile

837 E Elizabeth St, Brownsville, TX 78520
(956) 372-1415

Coffee shop in Brownsville that has live music. Has provided a space for LGBT community events in the past.

The Prelude

113 E Jackson Ave, Harlingen, TX 78550
(956) 335-5173

Live music venue that also sells coffee and snacks. Has provided a space for LGBT community events in the past.


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Infinite Love

2205 Cornerstone Blvd, Edinburg, 78539
(956) 433-2232

Meditation and Hindu-informed spiritual practices; have invited LGBT organizations to participate in events; regular meditation meetups.

Mount Calvary Christian Church

401 N. 21st St. Harlingen, 78550
(956) 551-6275

LGTBQI affirming church. Diverse congregation made up of LGBTQI individuals and allies.

SGI-USA Nichiren Buddhism

117 East Warbler Ave, McAllen, TX, 78504

Yukio: (956) 457-8735

Nichiren Buddhist organization. LGBTQI friendly and affirming group. Meet weekly for chanting and services as well as larger monthly meetings.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hidalgo County

1401 S. Nebraska Ave, San Juan, TX, 78589
(956) 467-0649

Equal, Open, and Free

LGBTQI student alliance for STC students. Hold regular meetings and on-campus events as well as support for students.


Group that provides support and social interaction for LGBTQI individuals as well as a focus on supporting parents and family members of LGBTQI people.

RGV Trans Support

Support group for transgender, non-binary, and gender nonconforming people. Active Facebook group that provides support and discussion for members as well as two monthly meetings (one in Cameron county and one in Hidalgo county).


Coalition of different non-profits and community groups that work with the LGBTQI community. Organize and host community events such as Pride in the Park. Monthly meetings, opportunities for involvement, and an e-mail newsletter.

Student Equality Alliance

LGBTQI student organization for UTRGV students. Hold regular meetings and on-campus events as well as support for students.

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