Although most lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youths are quite resilient and emerge from adolescence as healthy adults, the effects of homophobia and heterosexism can contribute to health disparities. From a public health perspective, transgender and gender diverse (TGD) individuals, compared with their cisgender peers, experience substantially higher lifelong rates of anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicidality, substance use, eating disorders, victimization, homelessness, and incarceration.
Pediatric primary care providers (PPCPs) can help foster early access to mental health, family support, and ongoing gender-affirming care that, ultimately, reduces the risk of gender dysphoria, isolation, and shame that many TGD youth unfortunately face. PPCPs can be strong allies for TGD patients and their families in the clinic, community, and beyond, providing the promise of both a medical home and a future that celebrates people for being true to themselves.
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American Academy of Pediatrics
The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 67,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. The AAP is the largest pediatric publisher in the world, with a diverse list of resources that includes essential clinical and practice management titles and award-winning books for parents.