Caring for LGBTQ Youth in Clinical Settings

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Healthcare for LGBTQIA+ Youth

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth (12-24 years) must navigate the typical challenges of adolescence while also managing the social stigma associated with their emerging sexual and gender minority identities. As a result, many LGBT youth are at higher risk for certain behavioral and emotional issues, homelessness, as well as bullying and other forms of victimization. This module discusses the unique health and developmental challenges of LGBT youth, and describes ways to address these issues in the clinical setting. Through sensitive, confidential communication with LGBT youth, clinicians can become a vital source of support for this vulnerable population.

This module will:

  1. Identify the unique developmental challenges and health disparities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) youth (12-24 years)
  2. Describe barriers to accessing healthcare by LGBTQ youth
  3. Describe ways to talk to LGBTQ youth about their sexual and gender identity
  4. Explain strategies for interviewing, supporting, and educating LGBTQ youth on social, health, and behavioral concerns
  5. Provide access to additional resources for improving the health and well-being of young LGBTQ patients