Pediatrician Tonya Chaffee, MD, MPH, FAAP and child and adolescent psychiatrist Christopher Bellonci, MD, FAACAP discuss unique considerations for providing care to LGBTQ+ adolescents via telehealth. Presenters walk through a case example and discuss specific strategies that pediatric clinicians can use to prepare their practice, preserve confidentiality and create a welcoming and affirming virtual environment for LGBTQ+ adolescent patients.

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Resources for Families

  • Family Acceptance Project has pamphlets, videos, posters, and publications that can help clinicians have conversations with families/caregivers around challenges and on how to adopt accepting and affirming behaviors for the benefit of their child or adolescent.
  • has online discussion and support groups for religious families coming to terms with their child’s gender identity and/or sexual orientation.
  • keeps a database of affirming Christian churches that can be searched by zip code.
  • TransFamily Support Services guides transgender/non-binary youth and their families through the gender affirming process to help make it the most positive experience possible. They provide family coaching, assistance with healthcare and insurance issues, help navigating the legal system and support at school. All services are provided at no fee.
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