Supporting LGBTQ Youth: Providing Affirmative and Inclusive Care across the Spectrum of Gender and Sexual Identity

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) children and adolescents must navigate the typical developmental challenges of growing up, in addition to managing the stigma and isolation that may face as a result of their emerging sexual and gender minority identities. These challenges often result in poorer health outcomes for LGBTQ children and adolescents such as higher risk for certain behavioral and emotional issues, poor sexual health outcomes, homelessness, as well as bullying and other forms of victimization. This webinar discusses the unique challenges and health disparities experienced by LGBTQ children and adolescents, and describes strategies to address these issues in a clinical setting. Though culturally appropriate and strength-based communication with LGBT children and adolescents, providers can be key facilitators in improving the health and well-being of sexual and gender minority youth.